AEL Limassol the revised main danger

The decision by UEFA, taken after yesterday’s GGW article was posted, to split the Third Qualifying Champions Route draw into two pots of 5 seeded teams and 5 unseeded teams has strengthened Celtic’s position. The way the split was constituted guarantees that Celtic can no longer be drawn against main danger Slask Wroclaw of Poland, nor against the Czechs Slovan Liberec, the Hungarians Debrecen nor Rangers old foes Maribor. The 5 teams left as potential opponents(bar major upsets in the 2nd Round 2nd legs) are an easier group. The two most dangerous are Molde of Norway and AEL Limassol of Cyprus neither of whom should be a match for Celtic. The other 3, Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova,  HJK Helsinki from Finland and Neftci Baku from Azerbaijan should all be highly beatable.

HJK Helsinki the preferred opponents

So the revised worst case scenario becomes the Cypriots AEL Limassol, and the preferred opposition , mainly on travel grounds, is HJK Helsinki.

GGW will provide a full profile of the actual opponents once the draw is made later today