Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny wants Irish football fans to fill the Aviva Stadium for the home leg of their Champions League play-off match later this month.

The Lilywhites will find out their opponents on Friday at the draw in Nyon after progressing past two stages of qualifying so far.

They must play the play-off game in Tallaght Stadium due to Oriel Park failing to meet UEFA requirements, but the option to play at Landsdowne Road could present itself.

Asked where he'd prefer the game to be played, Kenny told RTÉ Radio: “I would like to play in the Aviva Stadium and fill it. It depends on a lot of reasons. We’ll play anywhere. We’ve had that attitude.

“Our away form has been absolutely exceptional over the last few seasons. We went away to Hadjuk Split and won. We’ve won against Jeunesse Esch away.

“We’ve had some good performances in Borisov. We have no problem going anywhere. To fill the Aviva or come close to filling it would be fantastic.”

The champions will pocket minimum of €5.7m for their win over BATE Borisov and a guaranteed place in the Europa League, with at least a further €12m available should they progress to the Champions League group stage.

But the Dundalk boss said that money hasn’t entered their minds.

“I know people might find it hard to believe, but money wasn’t discussed once within the team or right throughout. The main motivation for me as a manager was that it has been a lifetime ambition to qualify for the group stages of a European qualification.

“For all of the staff and players, it has been an ambition the last couple of seasons to try and achieve that.

“We’re in the [play-off] round of the Champions League so now that we are here and we have an opportunity to get into the Champions League, we must believe we can actually get there now.

“That will be very much in the forefronts of our mind when we go to play in two weeks' time.”

Reflecting on the memorable scenes at the full-time, Kenny paid tribute to his players and the year-on-year progress made since 2013.

“It’s a great feeling really. Last night was the culmination of years of work from everyone at the club. Over the last few years it was definitely our ambition to qualify for the group stages of a European competition. It’s just so difficult to achieve. I think last night was really special.

“It was an incredible feeling. When the third goal went in, if [only] you could freeze that moment for the rest of your life, because it was just sheer joy.

“When Robbie Benson broke from midfield and showed the composure to finish on his weaker right foot, to win 3-0 was just phenomenal. I thought the players were really, really brilliant and courageous in the way they played and they got their reward.”