With much of the focus on the return of the Premiership, it's easy to forget that Celtic will be back in European action in less than a month.

Qualifying for the 2020-21 Champions League will kick-off on August 8, with Neil Lennon's side entering in the first qualifying round.

The qualifying ties will be single-leg affairs, with the home team decided by a draw. The play-off round will be two-legged and played in late September.

The Hoops will go through the champions path, so can't face the likes of AZ Alkmaar, Viktoria Plzen or Rapid Vienna, who didn't win their respective domestic leagues, at any point in their run.

Here's how Celtic's path could play out.

First round

Celtic will enter at the first qualifying round but Neil Lennon's team are guaranteed seeded status.

Coefficients are calculated based on a five-year average and the Hoops have 34.000 points, the most of any team entering at that stage.

That will see them avoid the likes of Red Star, Astana and Legia Warsaw.

Potential opponents include Dynamo Brest, Europa FC and Connah's Quay Nomads.

Second round

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What Celtic will want to keep an eye on is the finish to the Swiss Super League.

Basle are currently outside the Champions League places, but if they can overcome a seven point gap to St Gallen in the remaining six games they'll enter at the second qualifying round with 54.000 points.

They couldn't face the Hoops, who will again be seeded, but it would have implications further down the line.

Potential opponents at this stage include Ferencvaros, Dundalk and Slovan Bratislava.

Third round

Greek champions Olympiakos enter at this round but Celtic will still be seeded and can't face them.

They also won't face Czech champions Slavia Prague but, depending on previous rounds, could face Red Star or Legia Warsaw at this stage.

Play-off round

 

Remember the importance of Basle and the Swiss League?

Let's assume here that they win their division and enter into the second round.

That would have implications for Celtic if the Swiss side make it this far.

Ajax (69.500 points) and FC Salzburg (53.500 points) are guaranteed to be among the four seeds, and would be joined by Basel and Olympiakos (43.000 points) if they make it through.

That would mean Celtic would be unseeded and would face one of those sides over two legs.

If St Gallen or Young Boys win the Swiss Super League though the Hoops would make it in as fourth seed and assuming previous rounds go to coefficient would face either Dinamo Zagreb, Astana or Slavia Prague plus another unseeded team.