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Irish teams to learn European fate on Monday

Updated: Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 18:34 | Comments

Sligo will learn their Champions League opponents on Monday
Sligo will learn their Champions League opponents on Monday

Sligo Rovers could be paired with Scottish Champions Celtic when their first Champions League qualifying opponents are decided tomorrow.

Ian Baraclough’s side are unseeded in the second qualifying round draw, with Celtic, former winners FC Steaua Bucarest, Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and Champions League regulars Bate Borisov among the teams the Showgrounds side could draw.

Sligo are seeded 23rd of the 34 clubs involved in the draw and will be hoping to be paired with the likes of FK Molde of Norway or Lituania’s Ekranus to help their chances of progressing.

The Europa League second qualifying round fixtures will also be decided tomorrow, with Derry City entering at that stage.

The first qualifying round will be drawn first with St Patrick's Athletic among the seeded teams, while Drogheda will be unseeded in that draw.

St Pat's will be seeded for the second-round draw also with Scottish side Hibs and St Johnstone unseeded along with Derry City and Linfield.

UEFA will split the 80 potential second-round teams into eight groups of 10 in the morning to narrow down the potential opponents.

Russian side Rubin Kazan and Belgians Standard Liege are among the leading sides in the draw.

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