Celtic could potentially be placed in Pot 3 of next season’s Champions League, granted they qualify for the group stages.

The Hoops have had to settle for a place in Pot 4 of the prestigious competition, with the 2008/09 season under Gordon Strachan being the last time they were granted a place in Pot 3.

Brendan Rodgers guided his Celtic side to the group stages in his first season after progressing through three rounds of qualification.

However they found themselves battling hard in a group made up of Barcelona, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach after being placed in Pot 4.

They still picked up three points including two draws against Pep Guardiola’s side and an away point in Germany.

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Though if they manage to navigate their way through the qualifying rounds for a second consecutive year and reach the group stages, they could be in with a real chance of gaining a place in Pot 3.

It’s not guaranteed this will happen, however. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United could win the Europa League and qualify for next season’s Champions League, meaning an extra English side would qualify.

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