Celtic travel to Armenia on July 11 to face Alashkert in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round.

Celtic’s Champions League campaign for 2018-19 kicks off in July with a trip to Armenian champions Alashkert and, with temperatures expected to rise to around 40 degrees or more for the game, manager Brendan Rodgers’ men are set to deal with unprecedented playing conditions.

The hosts are ready to go all out to claim victory at home, and have decided to move the clash to Yerevan’s 16,000-seater Republican Stadium in order to boost their support.

Alashkert have also offered free entrance to their fans in order to fill up the stadium, and it promises to be a hostile reception for Celtic come July 11.

The Hoops host the Armenian side a week later on July 18, and will be hoping they head into the second leg on the front foot.

Celtic face a 5000-mile round trip to the Asian country, and they will have to be wary of the hosts’ threat after St. Johnstone suffered a 1-0 loss at their hands during a Europa League qualifier in 2015.

Rodgers will have to find a way for his men not to buckle under the immense and uncomfortable heat, as failure to do so could ruin his game plan and tactics.

The clash could be Celtic’s most daunting game in quite some time by the look of things, but it would only enhance their mental strength if they emerge unscathed and return home with a win.

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