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Published: 12:05 | 15/7/16

Celtic learn potential opponents


Celtic will play Astana or Zalgiris Vilnius in the third round of Champions League qualifying if they overcome Lincoln Red Imps on Wednesday night.

Brendan Rodgers' men trail the part-timers 1-0 following the first leg but they will have home advantage when the two sides meet again in midweek.

The winners of the tie will face either the champions of Kazakhstan or Lithuania in the third round of qualifying - Astana and Zalgiris Vilnius drew 0-0 in the first leg of their second-round meeting.

Airtricity League champions Dundalk will play Belarus' BATE Borisov or SJK Seinajoki of Finland, providing their overcome Iceland's Hafnarfjordur next week.

Losing sides in the third qualifying round drop into the Europa League play-off round, while the winners will progress to the Champions League play-off round, which will include Manchester City.

Meanwhile, West Ham will face either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Domzale of Slovenia in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

The sides are currently tied at 1-1 ahead of their second leg and the Hammers will find out who they face in the third round next week.

The Hammers exited the competition in the third qualifying round last year but they have vowed to take the tournament seriously this season following their move to the Olympic Stadium.

Connah's Quay of Wales or Vojvodina away St Patrick's Athletic is they overcome Dinamo Minsk, while Cork City will play Genk or GK Buducnost Podgorica

Hibernian face a tough tie against Hertha Berlin of Germany if they can bounce back from their 1-0 loss to Brondby in the second-leg, while Hearts will face Krasnodar if they can get past Birkirkara of Malta.

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