Shamrock Rovers will face Anderlecht in Champions League if they overcome FK Ekranas

A 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Second Qualifying Round means that the Hoops are in decent shape to progress but the Belgian heavyweights lie in wait
Shamrock Rovers will face Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers should they get past FK Ekranas next week.

The Hoops were held to a scoreless draw in the first leg by the Lithuanian side and will face a tough task in the second leg to advance but Stephen Kenny’s players now have the reward of a meeting with the Belgian giants should they progress.

Anderlecht are Belgium’s most successful club and also have a strong European history having won the Uefa Cup, now the Europa League, back in 1983 and have been Champions League finalists on two occasions.

The last time they qualified for Europe’s elite club competition was back in 2006-07 but since then they have fallen in the qualifying rounds.

The first leg will take place in Belgium on either July 30 or August 1 with the return pencilled in for Tallaght on August 7 or 8.

IFA Premiership champions Linfield were paired with Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade or Valletta FC, while Scottish champions Celtic will play either HJK Helsinki or KR Reykjavik in the third qualifying round.

Celtic will be at home in the first leg with Finnish title-holders HJK very likely to be their opponents after they won the first leg of their second qualifying round clash with KR 7-0 earlier this week.

The full draw can be seen here.

Meanwhile, the draw for the next stage of the Europa League qualifying takes place later in Nyon, with a start time of 12.30 BST

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