Confirmed - Champions League play-off round draw

Champions League

Arsenal have been handed a clash against Fenerbahce with Celtic taking on Shakhter Karagandy.

Arsenal have been handed a very difficult tie against Turkish club Fenerbahce. Turkey is one of the most infamous places in Europe for travelling teams to visit and the Gunners will have to play well in a very hostile atmosphere.

Arsenal were seeded for the draw which meant they were in the top group of sides and their Premier League position last season ensured they went straight into the play-off round for the group stage proper.

Celtic will be very happy with their tie which is against Kazakhstani side Shakhter Karagandy. Neil Lennon will back his side to see off a potentially difficult first leg before taking full advantage of home support for the second leg match.

Celtic were also seeded for the draw, ensuring their place in the play-off round with a hard fought but narrow 1-0 win over two legs against Elfsborg in the third qualifying round earlier this week.

The most notable of the other ties is the clash between PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan, which looks as though it could be one of the most difficult of the play-off ties. Milan will fancy their chances in that one but PSV are a very experienced European side and it would be naïve to write them off.

Here is the draw in full, with the first legs being played on August 20 or 21 and the second legs on August 27 or 28.

GNK Dinamo v Austria Wien

Ludogorets Razgrad v FC Basel

Viktoria Plzen v NK Maribor

Shakhter Karagandy v Celtic

Steaua Bucharest v Legia Warsaw

Lyon v Real Sociedad

FC Schalke v FC Metalist Kharkiv

FC Pacos de Ferreira v Zenit St Petersburg

PSV Eindhoven v AC Milan

Fenerbahce v Arsenal

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