Europa League qualifiers: Crusaders could face BATE Borisov or HJK Helsinki

Crusaders can still extend their European campaign despite their defeat by Ludogorets Razgrad
Crusaders were heavily beaten by Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League

Crusaders will face BATE Borisov or HJK Helsinki if they reach the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Following Monday's draw, the Crues would play the losers of the Champions League second round tie between the Belarusian and Finnish sides.

Crusaders must first get past Olympija Ljubljana in their Europa League second qualifying round match.

They play the first leg in Slovenia on Thursday, with the return leg at Seaview on 2 August.

The Irish Premiership champions are in the Europa League after losing to Ludogorets Razgrad in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.

Stephen Baxter's men lost 9-0 on aggregate to the Bulgarians, suffering a 7-0 defeat in the away league before going down 2-0 in the home leg.

League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City, meanwhile, could be in line for a Europa League third qualifying round match against Celtic.

Monday's draw means they will play the losers of the second round tie between the Scottish giants and Rosenborg of Norway.

Dundalk will play the loser of Ajax and Sturm Graz if they can get past AEK Larnaca of Cyprus.

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