Celtic to face Helsingborg in play-off

Celtic will hope to improve on last year's Champions League showing, when they missed out on the group stage. Photo: PA

Celtic will have a tough-looking two-legged tie against the Swedish champions Helsingborg for a place in the Champions League group stage after the draw took place in Nyon today.

Neil Lennon's side will travel to Sweden for the first leg in a fortnight, before hosting Helsingborg a week later.

The Hoops booked their place in the draw with a 4-1 aggregate win over Finnish club HJK Helsinki.

Swedish legend Henrik Larsson played for both clubs and is certain to the the focus of attention in the build-up.

Elsewhere the pick of the ties sees Germans Borussia Moenchengladbach take on Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev, while Spartak Moscow host Fenerbahce in another mouthwatering match.

Matches will be played 21/22 and 28/29 August.

Full draw

Champions route:

  • FC Basel v CFR Cluj
  • Helsingborg v CELTIC
  • BATE Borisov v Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
  • AEL Limassol v Anderlecht
  • Dinamo Zagreb v NK Maribor

Non-champions route:

  • Braga v Udinese
  • Spartak Moscow v Fenerbahce
  • Malaga v Panathinaikos
  • Borussia Moenchengladbach v Dynamo Kiev
  • Lille v FC Copenhagen