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As it stands: how the Champions League group-stage draw is shaping up

Celtic will be keeping a very close eye on how things develop at Anfield tomorrow night.

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THERE’S JUST ONE more evening of football before we know the identity of all 32 teams that will take their places in the group stages of this year’s Uefa Champions League.

The draw takes place in Monaco on Thursday morning.

And regarding tomorrow night’s fixtures, there’s one big question that remains unanswered: what pot will Celtic be drawn in?

But Brendan Rodgers’ side are used to being the fourth seeds in a four-team group. However, they’ll be keeping a very close eye on what happens on Wednesday night at Anfield.

Celtic v FC Astana - UEFA Champions League Play-Off - First Leg - Celtic Park Source: Jeff Holmes

Because, should Liverpool be eliminated at the hands of Bundesliga side Hoffenheim (the tie is currently 2-1 in the Reds’ favour), it means the Scottish giants will be drawn from Pot 3 and, in theory, get a more favourable draw.

Should Jurgen Klopp’s side progress, Celtic will drop to Pot 4 and face a pretty daunting task of getting out of their group or even making it into the Europa League.

Pot 1

Real Madrid

Bayern Munich

Juventus

Benfica

Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco

Spartak Moscow

Pot 2

Barcelona

Atletico Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain

Borussia Dortmund

Sevilla

Manchester City

FC Porto

Manchester United

Pot 3

Napoli

Tottenham

FC Basel

Olympiakos

Anderlecht

Roma

Besiktas

Liverpool or Celtic

Pot 4

Celtic or Hoffenheim

Feyenoord

NK Maribor

RB Leipzig

CSKA Moscow or Young Boys

FC FCSB (formerly Steaua Bucharest) or Sporting CP

FC Koebenhavn or Qarabag FK

Slavia Prague or APOEL Nicosia

Wednesday fixtures

CSKA Moscow v Young Boys (1-0)

FC FCSB v Sporting CP (0-0)

FC Koebenhavn v Qarabag FK (0-1)

Liverpool v Hoffenheim (2-1)

Slavia Prague v APOEL Nicosia (2-0)

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