Pat Fenlon steels himself for Hibs Europa draw

Fenlon's men will find out their European destination next week. Picture: Robert Perry

Fenlon's men will find out their European destination next week. Picture: Robert Perry

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Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is hoping to avoid a long-haul trip when his side find out their European fate next week.

The Easter Road side will discover which team they will face in the Europa League second qualifying round when the draw takes place on Monday afternoon.

While teams like Sturm Graz of Austria and Belgium’s Standard Liege are in there, Hibs could also face a trip to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan or Israel.

That’s something Fenlon would prefer to avoid, saying: “I’m not too fussed who we get, I am just happy to be in there.

“The only thing you would probably hope for is that you’re not given a trip that’s a huge distance away.

“That would obviously be more expensive for us and also see us dragging our players across Europe.

“Ideally, you would look to be away first and then at home in the second leg.”

Hibs start the build-up to their first Euro tie in earnest next weekend when they take on Dumbarton.

And they follow that trip to the Bet Butler Stadium with a week-long training camp in Spain which sees them face Gibraltar before taking on Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Algarve.

Fenlon hopes that the preparations for the new season, which also include a friendly clash with Raith Rovers, will see them race out of the blocks against their European opponents – no matter who they are.

“It’s important that we hit the ground running, with the European tie in mind,” he continued.

“We will wait and see what happens but it is great to be in there and we should be well prepared for it. I am sure everyone will be excited to see what happens with the draw.”

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