FOOTBALL: Linfield or Celtic to face Dundalk or Rosenborg in third qualifying round of Champions League

Linfield or Celtic have been drawn against Dundalk or Rosenborg in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

Friday, 14th July 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:34 am
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops take on Belfast side Linfield in the first leg of their second-round clash at Windsor Park on Friday night.

The winners of that tie will face whoever comes through the two-legged meeting between Irish side Dundalk or Norwegian outfit Rosenborg.

That tie is currently poised at 1-1 with the second leg to be played in Trondheim on Wednesday.

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Linfield Manager David Healy

Celtic beat Astana of Kazakhstan 3-2 on aggregate at the third-round stage last season.

They qualified for the group stage after squeezing past Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel 5-4 on aggregate in the play-off round.

But Celtic went on to finish bottom, without winning a game, in Group C which also included Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The stand-out tie of the round is French side Nice, with former Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in their ranks, taking on four-time winners Ajax of Holland.

Linfield Manager David Healy

The matches take place on July 25/26 and August 1/2.