Europa Conference League draw as Aberdeen takes on Hacken and Hibernian takes on Mons Calpe or Santa Coloma


Aberdeen and Hibs have learned who they will face in the second qualifying round of the Europa League Premier League.

The Dons face a nostalgic trip to Gothenburg, where they won the 1983 Cup Winners’ Cup, after drawing with Swedish team BK Häcken. The first leg of this meeting will be played in Pittodria.

For Hibs, it is either Gibraltar team Mons Calpe or Andorran club FC Santa Coloma, with the first leg being played at Easter Road. The pair have yet to face each other in the first round.

The matches will take place over two rounds on July 22 and 29.

Hibs and Aberdeen are pioneers in Scottish football as the nation’s first representatives in the new UEFA competition.

The intention is to give lower ranked clubs the opportunity to run longer in Europe.

The Scottish Premiership’s third and fourth teams enter the Conference League after the Scottish Cup victory in St Johnstone qualifying them for the Europa League.

The Dons have been regulars in Europe, but have suffered some nerve-racking near misses and tough raffles in recent years.

New boss Stephen Glass is hoping to get off to a good start against Häcken in a bid to make an impact in the new competition and live up to Aberdeen’s European tradition.

Meanwhile, after a solid season under Jack Ross, Hibs is making a comeback in continental competition.

Their opener against Mons Calpe or Santa Coloma looks easy on paper and they will be desperate to advance to the group stage where players like Roma and Tottenham might await them, as well as giants descended from the other two competitions.

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