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07th Aug 2015

Manchester United and Celtic learn European play-off opponents

Simon Lloyd

Manchester United and Celtic have discovered who they’ll need to see off to secure a place in this year’s Champions League group stages.

Three-times winners United will hope to return to the competition proper after a one year absence, and will face Belgian side Club Brugge.

Brugge beat Panathinaikos of Greece in the third qualifying round to set up the crucial tie with Louis van Gaal’s side.

United are at home in the first leg, which will be held on August 17/18, with the away tie taking place the following week.

Celtic’s reward for edging past Qarabag is a meeting with Swedish champions Malmo – where Zlatan Ibrahimovic started his career.

The Scottish champions face a challenging task against opponents who are already midway through their domestic campaign.