Confirmed Celtic line-up for Alashkert clash – Dembele and Edouard both start

first_imgCeltic’s 2018/19 season starts on Tuesday afternoon in Armenia, with Alashkert hosting Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Champions League first qualifying round.The Hoops, who are being forced to enter Europe’s premier cup competition at it’s earliest stage, are looking to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the third successive year. Rodgers’ squad flew to Armenia on Monday ahead of the clash in Yerevan, and he has named a strong XI against Alashkert. Such a selection was expected given the line-up Rodgers chose for Friday’s friendly defeat of Shamrock Rovers.So, who has Rodgers chosen to start the match? The confirmed line-ups can be seen, in full, below…Confirmed team newsAlashkert XI: Cancarevic, Artak Yedigaryan, Andranik Voskanyan, Praznovsky, Daghbashyan, Dashyan, Arthur Yedigaryan, Grigoryan, Sekulic, Reis De Jesus, NenadovicSubstitutes: Avagyan, Zeljkovic, Stojkovic, Antonic, Manasyan, Simonyan, RomeroCeltic XI: Gordon; Hendry, Ajer, Simunovic; Brown; Forrest, McGregor, Ntcham, Tierney; Dembele, EdouardSubstitutes: Bain, Sinclair, Morgan, Christie, Allan, Ralston, Kouassi Torpedo Kutaisi v Sheriff TiraspolShkendija v The New SaintsSuduva Marijampole v APOELOlimpija Ljubljana v QarabagF91 Dudelange v VidiDrita v MalmoVikingur Gota v HJKLudogorets Razgrad v CrusadersCork City v Legia WarsawValur Reykjavik v RosenborgKukesi v VallettaFlora Tallinn v Hapoel Be’er ShevaSpartaks Jurmala v Red Star BelgradeAlashkert v CelticSpartak Trnava v Srinjski MostarAstana v Sutjeska Niksic Alashkert, the champions of Armenia, have a fine record at this stage of European competitions, winning every first qualifying round clash they have played in both the Champions League and the Europa League. They famously knocked Celtic’s Scottish rivals St Johnstone out the latter competition three years ago.The winner of this first round clash, which has the second leg scheduled for next Wednesday, will play either Valur Reykjavik of Iceland or Norway’s Rosenborg – who Celtic beat in the third qualifying round last season. Champions League first qualifying round fixtures in full 1 Rodgers has guided Celtic to the Champions League group stage in both his seasons as manager last_img

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