Aberdeen, Hearts & Hibernian discover Europa League opponents

Hearts' Abiola Dauda challenges for the ball with Aberdeen's Ash Taylor
Hearts and Aberdeen both need to win three qualifying rounds to reach the group stages

Aberdeen will face CS Fola Esch of Luxembourg in the Europa League first qualifying round, while Hearts will play Estonian outfit FC Infonet.

Scottish Cup winners Hibernian will meet Valur Reykjavik or Danish side Brondby in the second qualifying round.

If Aberdeen progress they will take on Latvian side FK Ventspils or Vikingur from the Faroe Islands.

Waiting for Hearts would be Birkirkara of Malta or NK Siroki Brijeg, the Bosnian team they beat in 2006.

The Dons, who finished runners-up to Scottish champions Celtic, are due to be at home in the first round first leg on 30 June.

Hearts, who finished third, were drawn to be away but that has since been switched round after fixture clashes in Estonia, with the second legs on 7 July.

"It's a good draw," said head coach Robbie Neilson. "It's good to get an away leg first and hopefully we'll be in a good position when we return to Tynecastle for the second leg."

"Our video analyst is already working on getting some footage in so we'll be able to study them."

The second-round games are due to be played over 14 and 21 July.

The draw has Aberdeen and Hibs at home first in those games if they qualify, with Hearts away.

Lowdown on Aberdeen's opponents CS Fola Esch
Founded in 1906; play in Luxembourger National division. Runners-up last season, winners year before. Never won a European match.Appeared twice in 2nd qualifying round of Champions League (2013-14 and 15-16) and two Europa League 1st qualifying rounds (11-12 and 14-15).
Manager Jeff Strasser is Luxembourg's most capped player.Play at the Stade Émile Mayrisch, capacity 3,900.

All three Scottish sides would then have a third qualifying round and a play-off round to negotiate to reach the group stages which begin in September.

The Dons missed out on the group stages last season, losing their third-round qualifier for a second year in a row.

They were drawn out first in Monday's draw but Irish side St Patrick's are also due to be in Esch-sur-Alzette for their away leg on 7 July, after drawing another Luxembourg side Jeunesse Esch, which might lead to rescheduling of one or other of the fixtures.

Hearts lost at the Europa League play-off phase in 2012, with Hibs exiting in the second qualifying round the following year.

Lowdown on Hearts' opponents FC Infonet
Only founded in 2002 and gained promotion to Estonia's premier league in 2012. Currently in second place.Gained notoriety in July 2015, beating amateur side Virtsu 36-0 in Estonian Cup match - equalling Arbroath's record winning margin.
Manager Aleksandr Pushtov, 52, won 10 caps for Estonia during the early 1990s.Pushtov scored in Estonia's first (official) international match on 3 June 1992 against Slovenia.

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