Celtic could face mammoth 6000 mile round trip in Champions League

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic may face a 6000 mile round trip to Kazakhstan if they can get past Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League

Liverpool manager Brendan RodgersA Grueling trip to Kazakhstan is the in the offing for Rodgers' Celtic

Celtic face an energy-sapping round trip of almost 6000 miles in the next round of the Champions League, if they can get past Gibraltar's Lincoln Red Imps, that is.

The draw for the third qualifying round was made on Friday morning, and it could pose a potential headache for Brendan Rodgers, who is already under-fire after the Bhoys' embarrassing trip to Gibraltar.

Celtic somehow conspired to lose against semi-professionals Lincoln Red Imps 1-0 in the British overseas territory, with Lee Casciaro - a policeman - netting the winner.

Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett (L) in action with Celtic's Scott BrownCeltic must get past Lincoln Red Imps first, however

And despite this humiliating result, Brendan Rodgers told the BBC that there was "no embarrassment" in losing to the Gibraltar minnows, even though he had targeted a return to the Champions League when he took over the reins at Parkhead.

Nevertheless, should Celtic overturn their one goal deficit in Glasgow next Wednesday, they may have to face the daunting task of travelling all the way to Kazakhstan to face FC Astana.

General view of Celtic ParkCeltic will welcome Lincoln Red Imps to Glasgow next week

Astana are currently drawing 0-0 on aggregate in their second qualifying round tie with Zalgiris Vilnius, with the first leg held in Lithuania.

The Kazakh champions reached the Group Stage of the tournament last season, unlike Celtic, who have not featured in the Champions League proper since the 2013-2014 campaign.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAtletico Madrid faced Astana last season

And should they get through to the next round, they could well prove to be a much sterner opposition for Celtic than the Red Imps - not that the Bhoys apparently need any tougher tests after their struggles earlier this week.

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