Celtic face Maribor after reprieve

  • Last Updated: August 8 2014, 12:56 BST

Celtic's Champions League reprieve earned them a clash with Slovenian champions Maribor in the final play-off round.

Ronny Deila: Celtic manager will be a relieved man
Ronny Deila: Celtic manager will be a relieved man

The Scottish league winners were beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the previous round but the Poles were punished for fielding an ineligible player.

Bartosz Bereszynski, who came on as an 86th-minute substitute as Legia won the second leg 2-0 at Murrayfield on Wednesday night, was suspended following a red card for violent conduct in last season's Europa League.

Hours before the draw for the next round was to be made, UEFA announced that Celtic had been awarded a 3-0 win in the second leg, and therefore qualified on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate result.

Celtic reached the group stages last season but failed to progress from an extremely tough pool that also included AC Milan, Barcelona and Ajax.

Speaking at the club's Lennoxtown training complex Hoops boss Ronny Deila said: "It is very strange, I have to say that.

"First of all I feel very sorry for Legia, and my friends from Norway there.

"It is tough to think of that and now we are in the Champions League.

"That is what UEFA said, we haven't been involved in anything.

"I am a football manager and I have to go with it and now we are preparing for Maribor."

Arsenal will meet Turkish side Besiktas in the two-legged play-off.

Arsene Wenger's side, who finished fourth in the Premier League last season, will travel to Istanbul for the first match in the week beginning August 18, with the home leg taking place the following week.

Arsenal have never previously met Besiktas in any European competition.

Full play-off draw: 

Maribor (Slv) v CELTIC

Salzburg (Aut) v Malmo (Swe)

Aalborg (Den) v APOEL (Cyp)

Steau Bucharest  (Rom)v Ludogorets 1945 (Hun)

Slovan Bratislava (Slo) v FC Bate (Blr)

Besiktas (Tur) v ARSENAL 

Standard Liege (Bel) v Zenit St Petersburg (Rus)

FC Copenhagen (Den) v Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)

Lille (Fra) v FC Porto (Por)

Napoli (Ita) v Athletic Bilbao (Esp)

Ties will take place on August 19-20 and August 26-27.