It's that time of year again. While many footballers across Europe are just heading off on their summer holidays, League of Ireland fans are trying to figure out how they can possibly squeeze in a trip to Yerevan or Baku as part of the family sun holiday.
Although it tends to be east that Irish fans have been heading in recent seasons, Dundalk will be going north.
Dundalk FC will play FH Hafnarfjörður in the Champions League!
— Dundalk FC (@DundalkFC) June 20, 2016
Icelandic football being what it is at the moment, FH Hafnarfjördur, won't be an easy task for the Airtricity League champions. They're European veterans who are more than used to this stage of the competition However, there's no doubting that they've been given the best possible draw available to them with Celtic, Copenhagen, BATE Borisov, Rosenborg and Red Star Belgrade the alternatives.
As for Celtic, Brendan Rodgers' side will face the winner of Flora Talinn or Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in the second qualifying round.
Celtic to play the winners of Flora Tallinn (EST) v Lincoln (GIB) in the @ChampionsLeague 2nd qualifying round, dates and kick off time TBC.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 20, 2016
The date for the fixtures have yet to be confirmed but the first leg will either be the 12th or 13th July with the second leg on the 19th or 20th July.