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Champions League draw sets up possible showdown between Pat’s and Celtic later this month

Liam Buckley’s Saints have a valuable away goal following their first leg against Legia Warzawa.

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ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC are on a Champions League collision course with Celtic.

Christy Fagan’s away goal earned Pat’s a 1-1 draw against Legia Warzawa and gives them a slender advantage ahead of the second leg in Tallaght on Wednesday.

The draw for the third qualifying round was made this morning with the winner set to face either Celtic or KR Reyjkavik. The Scottish champions are favourites to progress following a 1-0 win in Iceland earlier this week.


Either Pat’s or Legia will be at home in the first leg, which takes place on 29/30 July, with the return in Scotland or Iceland a week later.

Pat’s and Celtic met in Europe in 1998 when the Inchicore side battled to a 0-0 draw in Parkhead before losing the second leg in Dublin 2-0.

Trevor Molloy and Malky Mackay 29/7/1998

Trevor Molloy and Malky Mackay went head to head when Pat's and Celtic met in 1998.

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Meanwhile in the Europa League, Sligo Rovers’ reward if they can finish the job against Rosenborg is a third round tie against Kardemir Karabukspor of Turkey. The Bit O’Red made history with a 2-1 win in Norway last night, the club’s first away win in Europe.

Derry City, who trail Shakhytor Soligorsk 1-0, will play either SV Zulte Waregem of Belgium or Poland’s Zawisza Bydgoszcz if they progress.

Dundalk or Hajduk Split will face either FK Atlantas of Lithuania or FC Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan. Stephen Kenny’s Lilywhites face an uphill task in their second leg after a 2-0 home defeat last night.

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