Celtic face Iceland’s Stjarnan in Champions League qualifier

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Celtic will play their second round qualifiers next month.

The Hoops begin the tough journey to the Champions League group stage next month as they look for a return to European football’s Holy Grail.

The Scottish champions have been drawn against Icelandic champions Stjarnan, with the ties to be played on the 14-15th and 21-22 of July.

The play-off round was the end of the road for Celtic last year as Maribor ran out 2-1 winners on aggregate, a crushing 1-0 victory at Celtic Park condeming the Hoops to the Europa League after a creditable 1-1 draw in Slovenia.

Ronny Deila will be hoping to prove himself at Celtic on the European stage after a tough start to life at Parkhead last season.

The Norwegian failed to progress to the Champions League group stage, a competition so vital for Celtic, but began to put his stamp on the team in the following months.

The season ended with a league and cup double and Deila will be more confident of Champions League progress this year given the successful year under his belt.

Icelandic side Stjarnan are possibly best known for their spectacular goal celebrations, which have become something of a trademark in recent times. Celtic fans will be hoping that they don't get to see any of those first hand.

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