Celtic drawn away from home in Europa League while Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell discover potential future opponents

Neil Lennon’s men will travel to either Latvia or San Marino in third qualifying round

All four Scottish sides have been handed an away draw in the Europa League third qualifying round. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
All four Scottish sides have been handed an away draw in the Europa League third qualifying round. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Celtic have been drawn away from home in the Europa League third qualifying round following this afternoon’s draw.

Neil Lennon’s men will face either FC Riga of Latvia or SP Tre Fiori from San Marino for the right to make it through to the play-off round of the competition – the final step before entering the group stages.

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Celtic dropped into the Europa League following their shock 2-1 home defeat to Ferencvaros in the Champions League second qualifying round last week, and will be expected to progress to the group stages after reaching the last 32 last season.

Rangers have also discovered their potential Europa League third qualifying round opponents should they make it past Lincoln Red Imps in round two.

Steven Gerrard’s men will face an away tie against either Progrès Niederkorn– a potential third trip to Luxembourg in four years for the Ibrox men – or Dutch side Willem II who finished fifth in last season’s Eredivisie.

Aberdeen have been handed a tough draw with a trip to Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon awaiting in round three if they make it through another tricky away tie against Norwegian outfit Viking Stavanger in round two.

Ensuring all four Scottish sides will be away from home in round three, Motherwell will also be on their travels if they overcome Coleraine in round two, with an away tie against either KF Lachi of Albania or Isreali side Hapoel Be'er Sheva awaiting them.

The third qualifying round ties are scheduled to be played on September 24.