Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor focused on European progress

Cliftonville played Celtic in the Champions League last summer

Cliftonville played Celtic in the Champions League last summer

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Cliftonville have set their sights on progressing in the Champions League qualifiers.

The Reds will discover on Monday morning who they will meet in the second qualifying round when the draw is made in Nyon.

The Danske Bank Premiership champions – who defended the title last season – could once again meet Scottish giants Celtic in the draw.

Cliftonville lost 5-0 on aggregate to the Hoops last summer in what was a lucrative European tie for the north Belfast side.

Other potential opponents include Debrecen (Hungary), Partizan Belgrade (Serbia), Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) or Ventspils (Latvia).

Club chairman Gerard Lawlor – who is in Nyon for Monday’s draw – admits he would not turn down a renewal with Celtic.

But he also added that Cliftonville are focused on progressing in this year’s qualifiers.

“Drawing Celtic for a second successive season would be fantastic in terms of prestige, a big gate and finance,” said Lawlor.

“At the same time, we are looking for a winnable tie and the opportunity to progress.”

The Champions League second qualifying round ties are scheduled for July 15/16 and July 22/23.