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Gary Rogers

Gary Rogers

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Gary Rogers

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers says his side will approach next week's Champions League battle with Slovenian side NK Celje as a cup final.

The draw for the qualifying round of the Europa League will be made today, but Dundalk know their Champions League opponents, drawn away to Celje. As Slovenia is not on the Irish government's green list for travel the one-off game will be played in the neutral venue of Budapest on Wednesday week,

"Any game in Europe is tough, you can read too much into seedings or past history, they have won the Slovenian league so they are clearly a decent side. There is no such thing as an easy draw in the Champions League," says Rogers.

"It takes on a different dimension as it's a one-off tie in a neutral venue, it's winner takes all, more like a cup final. It will be the same for both teams, neutral venue and no fans admitted so there's no real advantage.

"Our squad has played a lot of games in Europe so we have experience but we can't take anyone for granted."

Meanwhile, Keith Long hopes that today's draw for the Europa League is kind to his Bohemians as they prepare to end an eight-year exile from European competition.

"Some of the implications have been outlined to me, red list, green list, neutral countries, all that kind of stuff. We'll have to wait and see," says Long.

"It would be nice to get a home draw against a green-listed country and that would keep it simple for us."