Celtic fans were delighted with the third round Champions League draw that paired the hoops (or Linfield ha ha ha) with Rosenborg or Dundalk.
Over the last two seasons Celtic have been sent to Qarabag and Astana at this stage with a trip to Norway or Ireland much more favourable- best of all neither option will be delayed to allow the locals to celebrate their hatred of Catholics.
Celtic of course have to see off Linfield over the next week with Brendan Rodgers’ side expected to comfortably beat the Belfast part-timers.
Rosenborg could be tricky but at the end of the day if we can’t take them then we shouldn’t be there anyway. I’m confident ????????????
— Green Side of City???? (@DavidHughes45) July 14, 2017
Least rosenborg hasn’t got harald fagpack this time
— barrachniebhoy???????????? (@barrachniebhoy) July 14, 2017
rosenborg be a tough 1 . right in about these pallet burners the night
— steven christie (@stevec0471) July 14, 2017
Surely if we want to be getting to the group stages we should be beating teams like Rosenborg mate. I think that’s a good draw ????
— Sean McCracken (@seanmccracken82) July 14, 2017
Watched the game the other night and Rosenborg looked terrible, wouldn’t fear either, draw could have been a lot worse
— ? (@Gunnie67) July 14, 2017
Watched the game the other night. Dundalk were the better side.Rosenborg had couple of good players,not a tie we should fear. Tricky though
— DubGael (@DubGael) July 14, 2017
Should the hoops progress they’ll play the home leg on July 25 or 26 then hit the road on August 1 or 2.
With the Norwegian and Irish leagues in mid-season it will be a big step up in quality for Brendan Rodgers from the Linfield clashes.
Success at that stage will ensure a place in the Champions League play-off round which provides the winner with a group place in the Champions League with the losers dropping into the Europa League.
If Celtic lose out to Rosenborg or Dundalk they will drop into the Europa League play-off round.
Rosenborg are currently five points clear at the top of the table with nine wins, five draws and two defeats from 16 matches.
Dundalk are second in the league of Ireland but are 12 points behind leaders Cork City.
Two years ago Rosenborg had Liam Henderson on loan, earlier this year Celtic sold Michael Duffy to Dundalk.