Former Bhoy Mark Wilson has Champions League warning for Celtic after Qarabag triumph

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The Scottish champions are perhaps the biggest team left in the Champions League draw.

Yesterday saw Celtic confirm their place in the Champions League play-off round with a 0-0 draw in Azerbaiijan against FK Qarabag. That result saw them claim a 1-0 aggregate victory.

They will now face either Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, Malmo or Skenderbeu Korce in the next round – with the winners heading to the Champions’ League Group Stages.

Despite Celtic perhaps being the biggest name in that group, former defender Mark Wilson has told The Bhoys not to be complacent.

Wilson, who played for Celtic from 2006 until 2012 and made his only Scotland cap during that time, has told BBC Sport:

"There's no doubt Celtic are the biggest name in the draw.

"You can't get too far ahead of yourself in this competition or you'll get stung. These teams are at this stage for a reason; they've got good players, okay they might not be household names but they're good sides.

"Celtic will know that, I don't think they'll take any of these teams lightly. Celtic will have to remain cautious, but they still remain favourites to go through."

There is no doubt that Celtic will fancy their chances against any of the league champions from Israel, Serbia, Sweden, Kazakhstan or Albania in the play-off round.

However, none of these games will be easy.

Tel Aviv overturned a deficit away from home at Czech side Viktoria Plzen last night and are managed by former Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

Partizan have an exceptional group of young talent. Malmo were in the Group Stages last season. Astana knocked out HJK Helskinki whilst Korce are new to this situation, they comfortably knocked out FC Milsami yesterday.

Celtic will know not to take any of these teams lightly if they are to move into the promised land again.

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