Celtic to face Midtjylland in Champions League second qualifying round

Celtic will play Danish League runners-up FC Midtjylland in second qualifying round of Champions League; July 20 fixture at Celtic Park will be first match in charge for new manager Ange Postecoglou; Celtic begin domestic league campaign at Hearts, live on Sky Sports on Saturday, July 31

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Image: Ange Postecoglou's Celtic will take on Midtjylland in Champions League qualifying

Celtic will face FC Midtjylland in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Danes will provide the opposition for new Hoops boss Ange Postecoglou's first official game in charge on July 20 or 21 at Parkhead.

The return leg will take place a week later at the MCH Arena and Postecoglou knows he will be under immediate pressure to avoid the kind of slip-ups that have seen the club fail to reach the group stages of Europe's premier competition since 2018.

It will be Celtic's first meeting with FC Midtjylland, who finished second in the Danish league last season, and who have former Celtic player Erik Sviatchenko in their ranks.

Former Australia boss Postecoglou signed a 12-month rolling contract at Parkhead after being identified as the club's top target to replace Neil Lennon following a breakdown in talks with Eddie Howe.

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