Key Celtic Champions League dates revealed, including when group stage fate will be decided
It’s a moment Celtic fans have had to wait for, but it will surely make his arrival even sweeter.
The Parkhead club will return to the Champions League group stage next season for the first time since 2017/18.
This time around, there will be no difficulties in the daunting qualifiers thanks to Scotland’s improved UEFA coefficient.
And that means fans can look ahead and dream of huge return nights at Celtic Park.
This season’s competition takes on a unique format due to the Qatar World Cup taking place in November.
UEFA truncated all six group stage fixtures to avoid a clash with the international tournament, but it’s a decision that makes an already hectic schedule even more grueling.
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But, of course, the excitement begins long before a ball is kicked and usually peaks when the long-awaited group stage draw is made.
Below are the key dates Celtic fans should take note of over the coming months.
Champions League key dates
Group Stage Draw – 25 August 2022
Day 1 – 6/7 September 2022
Day 2 – September 13/14, 2022
Day 3 – 4/5 October 2022
Matchday 4 – 11/12 October 2022
Matchday 5 – 24/25 October 2022
Matchday 6 – 1/2 November 2022
But who could watch during these six enormous nights? The ranking system puts Celtic, unfortunately, at the bottom of the pile in pot 4, meaning they could potentially attract some really big hitters.
There are a host of options – including the possibility that Celtic could be drawn alongside last season’s winners and runners-up Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Below are the pots as they stand, with six places still to be decided via this summer’s qualifying which could bring in Benfica, Red Star Belgrade and Rangers, although the bottom two Celtic cannot. anyway not draw.
Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Manchester City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, PSG, Porto, Ajax.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham Hotspur
Borussia Dortmund, RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Napoli, Sporting, Bayer Leverkusen, TBC.
Marseille, Club Brugge, Celtic, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC, TBC.