• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Celtic likely seeds for Euro qualifiers

CELTIC will almost certainly be seeded in all three Champions League qualifying rounds next season as the dust begins to settle on European title races.

The Scottish champions will have to negotiate the second and third qualifying rounds as well as the play-off round if they want to reach the group stage again.

Celtic currently have six teams with a higher co-efficient than them that could be seeded in the qualifiers, but it would take a bizarre set of circumstances for Celtic to be displaced by enough of them.

Out of the six teams, the likely Swiss champions Basle are almost certain to go directly into the Group Stage and the five other teams would have to win their title for Celtic not to be seeded.

Although Salzburg have already won their league and Steaua Bucharest are well clear in the Romanian League, three other teams are struggling in their respective divisions.

FC Copenhagen are third in the Danish league, Viktoria Plzen are second in the Czech league and 10 points behind Sparta Prague with six games to play. And APOEL are second in the Cypriot league, three points behind AEL Limassol with six games left.

It means Celtic will almost certainly have a less daunting path to reach the group stage again.

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.