Celtic Draw Braga In Champions League Qualifying Round, Liverpool To Face Rabotnicki Or Mika In Europa League

Ollie Irish

16th, July 2010

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By Ollie Irish

The headlines from today’s Champions League & Europa League draws (okay, headlines is a stretch):

Champions League:

Celtic play Braga of Portugal in the Champions League third qualifying round (away leg first for the Bhoys). Braga have never played in the CL before, but I’d say Portugal’s league is stronger than Scotland’s, so it won’t be easy.

Europa League:

Liverpool will play either Rabotnicki (from Macedonia) or Mika (Armenia) in the third qualifying round. Should be a comfortable win for the Reds, though I’m no expert on Macedonian or Armenian football. The first leg will be Roy Hodgson’s first competitive game in charge.

Hibernian will face Videoton of Hungary or Slovenia’s Maribor. Maribor should win that – they’d be quite tough opponents for Hibs.

Motherwell will meet Norwegian side Aalesund if they get past Breidablik (Iceland) in their second qualifying round. The first leg finished 1-0 to the SPL side but that was at home so they’re up against it.