Celtic will visit the Latvian champion “Riga” at the Skonto Stadium on Thursday at 8 pm, playing the third round of the UEFA European League qualification.
“We need to win there so we can look to the next round,” an experienced center midfielder told an online press conference in Scotland on Monday. “Last season in the Europa League was incredibly good – we won Rome’s Lazio and Stade Rennais, as well as other good results.”
The team led by Nile Lennon defeated the Icelandic team Reykjavik KR 6: 0 in the first round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, but in the second round 1: 2 acknowledged the superiority of the Hungarian champion Budapest “Ferencvaros”.
“We wanted to continue playing in the Champions League, but we didn’t make it. Now we have to be sure that we will enter the European League group tournament,” Brown said.
The winners of the Riga and Celtic pair will meet the winner of the duel of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Podgorica Budočnost (Montenegro) in the play-off round.
The Scottish Grands have never fought with Latvian teams.
Celtic has played in the main tournaments of UEFA club competitions for the last nine seasons. Last season, the Glasgow club won the UEFA Europa League sub-group, but in the first round of the elimination tournament, Kobenhavn was recognized as superior.
You must complete four rounds to enter the group tournament.
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