Lincoln Red Imps FC (Gibraltar) have been drawn against FC Flora of Estonia in Qualifying Round One of the UEFA Champions League.
The winner of the first round will face Celtic FC in Qualifying Round Two.
The Qualifying Round Two fixture will provide a great incentive for Lincoln and Flora as they challenge each other on 12th or 13th July, with the Second Round being played seven days later on 19th or 20th July.
The tougher opponent for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side would be Flora, as the Estonian side are currently playing their domestic season which will allow the side to be fully match-fit.
Celtic fan, Rob Smith commented on the draw saying, “The FC Flora tie is the tougher of the two ties, but we should have no problem finding our way to the next round.
“The UEFA qualifiers are no laughing matter though. We have to play six games during pre-season before we even make the group stage. In recent years we are well known for slipping up.
“It’ll be harder still considering that Brendan Rodgers has only just started working with the team. Strachan, Lennon and Deila have all failed to get past qualifiers in their first season so it’ll be interesting.
“Either way, travelling to somewhere like Estonia will be a difficult to get a good result with our away track record. I’m just hoping that Lincoln Red Imps pull off a shock.”
Lincoln have previous Champions League experience being the only side from Gibraltar to play in the competition. The Red Imps were knocked out by FC Midtjylland of Denmark last season in a 3-0 defeat on aggregate.
Midtjylland went on to beat Southampton and Manchester United during their Europa League campaign.
Lincoln’s Kyle Casciano spoke to ElWriteBack about the draw saying, “It is always good to play against a big club like Celtic but that is not our main concern. First we have to play FC Flora.
“Our full focus and concentration is on our first qualifier. Playing Celtic in the second round can boost our moral just that extra bit but it can also boost FC Flora’s.
“The team has been preparing all year round, we are training nearly everyday for these qualifiers.
“Preparing for this has been tough but it is well worth it at the end. Just Participating in the Champions League is more than I imagined. We will not be a push over team I can guarantee you that.”