Fresh from securing back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles, Celtic, under the astute leadership of Ange Postecoglou, is on the cusp of a treble-winning season. Having already clinched the League Cup and the Premiership, the Hoops now set their sights on the Scottish Cup final against Inverness next month.

While the anticipation for the Cup final is palpable, fans and pundits alike have already begun speculating about the next season, particularly Celtic’s European campaign. With the Bhoys’ place in the 2023/24 Champions League confirmed, the question on everyone’s mind is: who will they face in the group stage?

A recently released graphic provides a glimpse into Celtic’s potential opponents. The graphic, which is a projection of the Champions League lineup come August, shows Celtic among the teams that have already qualified, highlighted in white. The teams in purple represent potential or likely qualifiers.

Champions League 23/24 Pots

From this preliminary lineup, it appears that Celtic will be in Pot 4, mirroring their position from the previous season. As always, the range of possible draws presents a variety of challenges.

A worst-case scenario could see the Bhoys drawn against heavyweights like Man City, Real Madrid, and AC Milan, who were semi-finalists this campaign and are likely to be in different pots for 2023/24. Similarly, a combination of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Lazio is a daunting prospect.

While there’s no such thing as an ‘easy’ Champions League draw, a group featuring Feyenoord from Pot 1, Porto from Pot 2, and either Dinamo Zagreb or Red Star Belgrade from Pot 3 would be a more favourable outcome for Celtic.

However, all this speculation is just that at this stage. The pots are not finalised, and the graphic merely provides an indication of what the draw could look like. The definitive lineup will be revealed on Thursday, 31st August, during the group stage draw.

As we await the draw, one thing is certain: under Postecoglou’s guidance, Celtic will be looking to make significant strides in Europe, building on their domestic success and carrying their winning momentum onto the continental stage.



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