Hibs qualify for Europe after Celtic win Scottish Cup
Hibs have qualified for next season's Europa League with their fourth place finish after Celtic's 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final, writes Matt Farnham.
The Easter Road side will enter the first qualifying round pot on 19 June in Nyon, with Aberdeen being pushed into the second qualifying round on 26 July.
European football was something Hibs boss Neil Lennon set as a target at the start of the season. A disappointing last week of the season stopped them from finishing third but thanks to the Scottish Cup winning place reverting to league position via Celtic’s win the club will be on their travels.
The first-leg is to be played 12 July with the second-leg a week later on 19 July.
Lennon can now start planning for the European adventure with the additional funds a bonus to the club, as European football for attracting potential signings to the club.
For Hibs, as well as Rangers, to make the group stage of the Europa League they will have to win through four rounds, while Aberdeen will need to progress through three.
Key Dates for Europa League:
12 June: Preliminary round draw
19 June: First & second qualifying round draws
28 June: Preliminary round, first leg
5 July: Preliminary round, second leg
12 July: First qualifying round, first leg
19 July: First qualifying round, second leg
23 July: Third qualifying round draw
26 July: Second qualifying round, first leg
2 August: Second qualifying round, second leg
6 August: Play-off round draw
9 August: Third qualifying round, first leg
16 August: Third qualifying round, second leg
23 August: Play-off round, first leg
30 August: Play-off round, second leg
31 August: Group stage draw
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