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Deila heading home

Celtic face tricky ties in Europa League draw

CelticCeltic have been drawn against Dutch giants Ajax, Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce and Norwegian outfit Molde FK in Group A of the Europa League, proving that despite its ‘poor relation’ reputation the competition includes some first rate rivals.

Fenerbahce now feature former Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Nani. Celtic last met Ajax in the Champions League group stages two seasons ago, beating them 2-1 in Glasgow but losing away in Amsterdam 1-0. The ties with Molde will mean manager Ronny Deila making a trip back to his homeland.

He said: “It’s a good group with some big teams and there will be a lot of exciting games home and away”.

An added incentive is that the winners of the Europa League will qualify for next season’s Champions League, thereby avoiding the need to navigate through qualifying rounds.

The full draw

GROUP A Ajax Amsterdam, Celtic, Fenerbahce, Molde

GROUP B Rubin Kazan, Liverpool, Bordeaux, Sion

GROUP C Borussia Dortmund, PAOK, Salonika Krasnodar, Qabala

GROUP D Napoli, Club Bruges, Legia Warsaw, Midtjylland

GROUP E Villarreal, Viktoria Plzen, Rapid Vienna, Dinamo Minsk

GROUP F Olympique Marseille, Braga, Liberec, Groningen

GROUP G Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Lazio, St Etienne, Rosenborg

GROUP H Sporting Lisbon, Besiktas, Lokomotiv Moscow, Skenderbeu

GROUP I Basel, Fiorentina, Lech Poznan, Belenenses

GROUP J Tottenham Hotspur, Anderlecht, Monaco, Qarabag

GROUP K Schalke 04 ,APOEL Nicosia, Sparta Prague, Asteras

Group L Athletic Bilbao, AZ Alkmaar, Augsburg, Partizan Belgrade

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