After Celtic despatched Alashkert 3-0 in their Champions League qualifier, it looks like a formality that the team will now progress to the second round.

In that round, the Scottish Champions will play either Valur or Rosenborg BK. Many Hoops fans will recognise the Norwegians from last season’s qualifying campaign, where Celtic edged through 1-0 over a tough tie.

It looked certain that Celtic would be playing Rosenborg but that may not be the case as in Reykjavik last night, hosts Valur defeated the Norwegians 1-0 thanks to a late goal.

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Without getting too carried away, Brendan Rodgers would be delighted at the prospect of avoiding a tricky trip back to Trondheim.

Any chance to simply such a difficult qualification process will be a real bonus, but Celtic who looked impressive in their first game in Armenia, will remain focused on their home leg as they aim to eventually return to the Champions League group stages for a third consecutive year.