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Celtic will play Sarajevo of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first round of Champions League qualifying and Tierney gives his verdict.

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Celtic will play Sarajevo of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first round of Champions League qualifying.

They don’t have much time to prepare, but Kieran Tierney insists his Hoops squad have the experience necessary to overcome FK Sarajevo.

Earlier this afternoon, Celtic were drawn against the domestic double-winning Bosnian champions in the first round of Champions League qualifications.

With the first leg taking place on either July 9 or 10 with the second fixture a week later, the Hoops will have to hit the ground running after only a short break to recharge after their batteries.

Last season saw the team fighting a grueling 11-month campaign that ended in an unprecedented treble Treble, but it took it’s toll on the players.

That’s already in the past though, as 22-year-old Tierney is convinced he and his team-mates have reported back for pre-season training in the best of condition, plus they have the experience needed to get them through what is likely to be a tricky tie.

They might only have three weeks between resuming training and kicking off what will be some of the most important games they’ll play all season, but Tierney is ready and willing to get stuck in.

Speaking to, he said: “It’s such a short break so we’re not coming back unfit.

“We’ll lose a bit but we’re still coming back in good shape and good condition.

“We know we’re going to get a good week’s training in here at home, a good week in Austria and then we’ll be ready for the challenges ahead.”

Like his captain Scott Brown, Tierney is adamant that nobody in the Celtic squad will dare to underestimate their opponents, as there is no such thing as an easy game at this level of football.

He said: “You don’t get easy games or bad teams nowadays.

“Every team is good and they know how to play football. They’re all well organized so there’s a clear standard to the football in that regard.

“They’re going to be hard to break down and they’ll come at us as well. We’re going into the unknown against a team we’ve never played and against players we’ve never faced.

“It’s a hard ask, but the expectation at Celtic is to win and go through and that’s what we’re planning to do.

“The confidence is always high at the start of the season. We’ve come back off the back of another treble.

“You can’t do any better than that.

“We’ve just won a trophy in our last game so going into our first competitive game we’re going to have confidence.”

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