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In the crazy world of UEFA and European football, Celtic will travel to old foes FC Astana in a bid to make the Champions League group stages.

Brendan and the Bhoys took care of the team from Kazakhstan in an earlier round of the same competition last season, with two penalty goals from Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele giving the Hoops a 2-1 home win, after a credible 1-1 draw in Central Asia, courtesy of Griffiths.

The tie is definitely the worst we could have hoped for travel wise, but the fact we played them, and won, last season will give the team and fans a boost, as we bid to make it two in a row for the group stages.

And this year, the Bhoys have a different mentality, as we showed against Rosenberg, a mentality instilled by the manager that can cope easier with high pressure games, having played so many over the last 12 months or so.

The first leg of the play-off tie will be at Celtic Park on Wednesday, August 16 (KO: 7.45pm), with the return in Kazakhstan the following Tuesday, August 22 (KO: tbc)