Celtic to face Kazakhstan side Astana in Champions League

Astana prior to facing Galatasaray in last season's Champions League. Picture: AFP/Getty
Astana prior to facing Galatasaray in last season's Champions League. Picture: AFP/Getty
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Celtic will play Kazakhstan side Astana in the next round of the Champions League.

An injury-time winner put Astana into the third qualifying round at the expense of Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius.

The game had been poised at 1-1. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Lithuania, it would have been enough for the visitors to go through on away goals before Astana snatched victory at the death.

Celtic, who overcome a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their tie with Lincoln Red Imps to win 3-1 on aggregate, will now have to travel hundreds of extra miles to face a side that remained undefeated at home in last season’s Champions League.

The result also prevents three former Hearts players - Saulius Mikoliunas, Marius Zaliukas and Linas Pilibaitis - from making a brief return to Scotland’s shores.

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