The New Saints to face Europa FC in Champions League qualifying

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

Aberdeen will today discover their opponents in the Europa League second qualifying round.

Even though it is barely a month since Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy in Solna, the new European season is just around the corner.

If Rangers are able to navigate their way through the Europa League qualifiers to the group stage of the competition, it would hand the club a big financial boost as they seek to close the gap to Celtic.

St Johnstone, who were also seeded for the draw, were drawn to play Lithuanian side Trakai and will also start their Europa League campaign at home at McDiarmid Park.

Brendan Rodgers' Hoops can be paired with one of 17 teams, with five of those progressing from the first qualifying round.

Clubs can not draw teams from the same country and will also be separated into seeds for the first round, decided by UEFA's co-efficient rankings established at the start of the season.

TNS, who won their 11th title in 2016-17, are seeded and will face opposition from either Armenia, Estonia, Gibraltar, San Marino or Kosovo. They were eliminated in the first qualifying round previous year after a 5-3 aggregate loss to Estonian side Nomme Kalju.

Celtic's remaining 12 possible opponents are already confirmed.

Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius and Irish champs Dundalk are also in the draw, along with Macedonia's Vardar and Luxembourg's Dudelange.

Montenegrin champions FK Buducnost Podgorica also await their fate along with Slovak side Zrinjski Mostar, Hungary's Honved, Finns IFK Mariehamn, Latvians Spartaks Jurmala and Samtredia of Georgia.

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