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Celtic’s Champions League third qualifying round opponent decided

Date Posted,July 13, 2017

Celtic will face either Dundalk or Rosenborg in the Champions League third qualifying round – if they come through their tricky tie against Linfield.

Craig Gordon believes the Bhoys will retain their Champions League focus even if their fans are absent against at Windsor Park.

The Parkhead club declined tickets for the first leg of the second qualifier in Belfast amid security concerns.

The match was moved to Friday evening instead of July 11-12 as initially planned so it did not clash with Orange Order parades.

However, Gordon insists the Scottish treble-winners will look to take the first step towards European football’s premier club competition regardless of whether or not they have any backing.

Champions League draw live: Reaction as the third qualifying round ties are revealed

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon faces the cameras (Image: Getty Images)

The Scotland keeper said: “I don’t think it will make that much difference. We will be fully focused on the job we have to do on the pitch, and whatever goes on in the stands, we will not be focusing on that and we will go out and play the game to try and win and get an advantage to take into the second-leg.

“We know what we have to do here. We are fully focused and very well prepared to go and do that.

“Whatever happens we have to go out there and play our game. We have prepared really well for this, we have looked good in training and we will have the second-leg at home in front of 60,000, so we know we will be backed when we get back to Celtic Park.

“We are looking to win the game. It’s two legs so we don’t want to be going for it too much.

“We will look to win the game as we do in every game, whether it’s home or away against anybody and we will see as the game goes on.”

The draw in full:

Slavia Prague vs BATE/Alashkert

Spartaks Jūrmala/Astana vs IFK Mariehamn/Legia Warsaw

Zrinjski/Maribor vs Hafnarfjördur/Víkingur

Žilina/København vs Malmö/Vardar

Linfield/Celtic vs Dundalk/Rosenborg

Hapoel Beer-Sheva/Honvéd vs Žalgiris Vilnius/Ludogorets

Viitorul vs APOEL/ Dudelange

Hibernians/Salzburg vs Rijeka/TNS

Qarabağ/Samtredia vs Sheriff/Kukësi

Partizan/Budućnost Podgorica vs Olympiacos

FCSB vs Viktoria Plzen

Nice vs Ajax

Dynamo Kyiv vs Young Boys

AEK Athens vs CSKA Moskva

Club Brugge vs İstanbul Başakşehir

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