Which teams await Scottish sides in Europe?

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Aberdeen and Motherwell will discover who they will face in Europa League qualifying on Monday

After a delayed start to proceedings, Scottish Premiership clubs are beginning to find out what lies ahead in their 2020-21 European qualification campaigns.

The notion of watching your team playing abroad may be remote for the time being, but with qualifiers reduced to one-legged ties - and the prospect of extra-time and penalties to settle it - fans will be pondering whether that poses an advantage or disadvantage to their team.

BBC Scotland takes a look at what's changed for the upcoming qualifiers and which teams Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen could face in the coming weeks.

What's changed?

As standard for Celtic, they will start their Champions League qualification process from the first round. Neil Lennon's side have been drawn at home to KR Reykjavik on 18 or 19 August, although the tie could be played at a neutral venue, and will find out their second-round opponents on Monday.

However, unlike previous campaigns, the first three qualifying rounds will be played over one leg before home-and-away ties are reintroduced for the play-off round.

As for the Europa League, Motherwell and Aberdeen will enter at the first qualifying round, which is set to take place on 27 August, with Rangers entering the competition in the following round.

Europa League qualifiers will also be played over a single leg, including the play-off round, unlike the Champions League.

The club drawn first will play at home in both competitions.

We've become accustomed to football being played behind closed doors now and this will be the case for all qualifiers in both competitions, apart from the Champions League play-off round, with a concrete decision yet to be made on that.

Who could Celtic face next?

Should they progress past KR, Celtic will again be seeded and are in group two of the champions path.

They could be drawn against familiar foes Cluj, provided the Romanians dispose of Maltese side Floriana. Cluj eliminated the Parkhead men 5-4 over two legs in the Champions League third qualifying round last year before the clubs traded 2-0 wins in a Europa League group won by Celtic, with the Romanians second.

Celtic's other potential opponents are the winners of Djurgardens - who pipped Malmo to the Swedish title - versus Ferencvaros of Hungry, and Slovakia's Slovan Bratislava or Faroese team IK.

What about Rangers, Aberdeen and Motherwell?

Joe Aribo celebrates
Greg Stewart rushes to congratulate Joe Aribo on scoring against Braga in Rangers' thrilling 3-2 Europa League win at Ibrox in February

Rangers will begin their 2020-21 European season on 17 September just over a month after they concluded their 2019-20 journey, after a 13-month campaign only came to a close on Thursday in Leverkusen.

However, the Ibrox club, ranked 94th in Uefa's coefficient table, enter the qualification process as a seeded team at the second round stage, meaning they won't find out their opponents until 31 August.

As for Aberdeen and Motherwell, they will learn their fate on Monday.

Like Celtic, last season's third and fourth placed clubs are seeded, meaning they will avoid big hitters. Due to Uefa regionalising the draw, both clubs will face one of the following each:

  • Breidablik (ISL)
  • NSI Runavik (FRO) - Barry Town United (WAL)
  • Glentoran (NIR) - HB Torshavn (FRO)

The second round is where it could get tasty, though. Aberdeen would be seeded if they got through, but Motherwell would not, meaning they could be drawn against the likes of AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Galatasaray among other standout European names.

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