Celtic coach eager to discover Euro opponents

RONNY DEILA is confident Celtic can emerge unscathed from their Champions League qualifier as the countdown continues to Monday's European draw.

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Murrayfield will host Celtic's Champions League qualifier
Murrayfield will host Celtic's Champions League qualifier

The new Parkhead gaffer will find out who his first opponents will be next week when the balls come out the hat for the first of what could be three qualifying rounds.

Celtic will have to play the home leg of the tie at Murrayfield due to the Commonwealth Games and Deila insists it won't cause a problem to his new squad.

The Hoops boss said: "It is exciting. We hope for an opponent who will be okay to go through against.

"But we could meet some good opponents as well. Anyhow, whoever we draw, Celtic should be better.

"You can make playing at Murrayfield a problem, but I won't do that.

"We are going to prepare all we can to get the feeling that it is a home game.

"It is also important that the supporters turn up and treat it as a home game."

Deila will have to wait an extra few days to make his domestic bow after their scheduled meeting with Partick Thistle was postponed.

A trip to McDiarmid Park on August 13 is the first match of their title defence, and Deila said: "It will be a good game away at St Johnstone. The fans will have to wait to raise the flag at home, but we have the Champions League before all that as well. We will do everything we can to be well prepared.

"The squad has been together for many years and we will use the time available to work with each other.

"In the beginning, we will have to play based on the same things Neil Lennon did so well last year.

"If we are going to make changes, that will have to happen over time."

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