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Celtics Champions League best and worst draw scenarios revealed as glittering Real Madrid duel looms

Ange Postecoglous side are on the brink of winning the Premiership title and returning to the biggest continental stage.

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Its been a long time since theChampions Leagueanthem boomed around Celtic Park for a group stage fixture.

Heartbreak in the qualifiers has become the order of the day in recent years for a club which once held a reputation for ruffling the feathers of Europes very best.

Not since 2017 have Celtic taken a seat at the continents top table but thats set to change next season.

Ange Postecoglous side stand on the brink of the Premiership title and a direct ticket to the group stage Scotlands coefficient now merits.

Should they sweep up the four points required to become champions, the very biggest of occasions will return to Glasgows east end in September following UEFAs announcement on Monday that the Premiership winners place is secure as Russian teams are, as expected, banned.

But who could the the champions elect be welcoming to Celtic Park?

With domestic campaigns still working to a conclusion across Europe, the final group stage participants are still some way from being finalised.

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However, if we project from current league standings and assume the teams with the highest coefficient progress through the summer qualifiers, we can have a bit of fun with what might be.

Using the above parameters and with info fromSwiss Football Data, heres how the pots for the group stage draw would look...

Pot 1- Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG, Porto, Ajax

Pot 2- Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund

Pot 3- RB Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting, Dinamo Zagreb, Bayer Leverkusen

Pot 4- Rangers, Red Star Belgrade, Marseille, Olympiakos, Copenhagen, Celtic, Freiburg, Union St. Gilloise

The likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan and Inter are all guaranteed to make the groups but their seeding could change depending which sides come out on top in the Premier League and Serie A title races.

RB Leipzig make Pot 1 as coefficient rankings project they will win the Europa League, but that could well end up being West Ham, Eintracht Frankfurt or, of course, Rangers, who Celtic couldnt draw anyway as teams from the same county are kept apart.

Below are three potential outcomes for Postecoglous side - a group of death, a most favourable scenario and a best of both that brings a little bit of everything.

Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter, Celtic

A blood-curdling draw if there ever was one, the precariousness of Celtics position in Pot 4 is laid bare with the potential for - if things pan out a certain way - being landed with the La Liga champions, Premier League runners-up, Serie A runners-up and possibly the winners of this seasons Champions League if Real go all the way.

This outcome would be the ultimate test of Postecoglous team but one you feel the Celtic manager would shrug off and take in his stride.

A meeting withReal Madridhas long been on the cards, theyre one of the few European superpowers not to visit Celtic Park in the modern era and Liverpool havent been back since being beaten in the UEFA Cup in 2003.

Inter gave Jurgen Klopps side a run for their money in this seasons last 16 and are a resurgent force who could yet become champions of Italy.

Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic

With Erik ten Hag off to Manchester United and the distinct possibility he could take a few of his best players with him, drawing Ajax might not be so bad if they are a club in transition.

Atletico may feel like an odd choice given their European pedigree but Diego Simeones side have fallen well short in La Liga this season - and could yet be ousted from the Champions League places by Real Betis.

Itd certainly be a clash of football philosophies, too, and the thought of an amped-up Simeone playing pantomime villain to a hostile Glasgow crowd is an enticing one.

Dinamo Zagreb have only made the group stage twice since 2016 (where they lost all six matches) and its no stretch to rate them at least a level below the other Pot 3 teams.

(Cliche alert) There are no easy groups in the Champions League but if youre aCelticfan who craves the least treacherous draw then the above is arguably it.

Real Madrid, Arsenal, Dinamo Zagreb, Celtic

How about a touch of glamour, a fascinating subplot and a punchers chance of reaching the knockout stage?

Real Madrid would bring a blockbuster to Celtic Park, no doubt. The Champions Leagues most successful club comes to life n the knockout stage but there have been a few early hiccups over the years that would offer Postecoglous side increased hope of a famous result.

Real have been beaten by the likes of Sheriff Tiraspol, Shakhtar Donetsk and CSKA Moscow, as well as drawing with Club Brugge and Legia Warsaw, all in the past six seasons.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are an improving outfit under Mikel Arteta but prone to inconsistency. You could also argue their young squad would be among the more likely to wilt in the Celtic Park cauldron.

Its a tie that would also reunite Celtic and Kieran Tierney - the boyhood fanatic turning out against the club he loves, it would be guaranteed drama.

Throw in Zagreb, who Celtic would fancy taking points from, and you have all the ingredients for a memorable six fixtures.

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