Three signs European qualifying will be as tough as ever for Celtic

Celtic’s trip to Belfast on Friday marks the start of what has been annual summer tradition for the club in recent years; the UEFA Champions League qualifying gauntlet.

Brendan Rodgers’ side face Linfield in a match that is sure to be dramatic, with no away fans allowed at Windsor Park and the home supporters sure to give the Bhoys a fiery reception.

We expect it’ll have the feeling of a derby of sorts and while Celtic will be massive favourites to go through the tie over two legs, the Hoops can take nothing for granted.

Even if Celtic do successfully get past the Northern Irish outfit, there’s plenty of dangers ahead and reasons to be a little bit worried about qualifying for the group stages for the second successive years.

The Hoops will be seeded throughout and if all goes well, qualification shouldn’t be a problem but here are THREE reasons it might not be as easy as task as you’d think at first glance, for a team who are coming off such an epically successful season…