CELTIC are heading for Israel or Romania in the third qualifying round of the Champions League – if they beat Estonians Nomme Kalju at the second hurdle.

Neil Lennon’s men could face the challenge of Maccabi Tel Aviv or Cluj next month.

The Hoops’ concentration, though, will be completely on the tie against Kalju with the first leg at Parkhead on Wednesday before next week’s return.

The first leg date for the third round encounter is August 6 or 7.

Celtic reached the second stage after hammering the Bosnians of FK Sarajevo 5-2 on aggregate, winning 3-1 away and 2-1 at home.

RANGERS could face Danes Midtjylland, with ex-Celt Erik Sviatchenko at centre-half, if they overcome Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League while ABERDEEN could come face to face with 2015 opponents Rijeka of Croatia if they beat Chikhura Sachkhere.

Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side and Derek McInnes’s Dons play the first legs of their second qualifying round ties on Thursday, the return legs next week.

Luxembourg side Progres visit Glasgow while Aberdeen are in Georgia.

If the Hoops lose against Estonians Nomme Kalju, they will meet Shkendija, of Macedonia, or Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange in the Europa League third qualifying round, which will take place over August 8 and 15. The three Scottish sides would be away from home in the first leg.

Rangers scored 10 without reply in their first qualifying round tie with St Joseph’s, of Gibraltar, while Aberdeen were 4-2 aggregate winners over Finnish side RoPS Rovaniemi.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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