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Celtic to face Valencia in last 32 of Europa League

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants a positive result against Leipzig at Parkhead

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic will take on Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League (pic: SNS Group)


Celtic have been drawn against Spanish side Valencia in the round of 32 of the Europa League.

The Hoops made it through the group stages as runners-up behind Salzburg and as an unseeded team, will be at home for the first leg on Thursday, 14 February. The return leg against the La Liga outfit is seven days later.

Valencia dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their Champions League group, behind Juventus and Manchester United.

Parkhead manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to improve on last season’s performance when Celtic were knocked out at this stage of the competition by Zenit St Petersburg.

“I’m delighted to be in the draw. It’s a game against one of the great Spanish teams,” he said.

“It will be a tough test. We’d like to take some sort of advantage into the second leg.”

Elsewhere in the draw, Chelsea will face Malmo of Sweden and Arsenal take on BATE Borisov.

Europa League last-32 draw in full

Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb

Club Brugge v Red Bull Salzburg

Rapid Vienna v Inter Milan

Slavia Prague v Genk

Krasnodar v Bayer Leverkusen

FC Zurich v Napoli

Malmo v Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt

Celtic v Valencia

Rennes v Real Betis

Olympiakos v Dinamo Kiev

Lazio v Sevilla

Fenerbache v Zenit St Petersburg

Sporting Lisbon v Villarreal

Bate Borisov v Arsenal

Galatasaray v Benfica

In the Champions League last 16, Manchester United were paired with Paris St-Germain, Liverpool will take on Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur face Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City go head to head with Germans Schalke

Champions League full draw

Schalke v Manchester City

Atletico Madrid v Juventus

Manchester United v Paris St-Germain

Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund

Lyon v Barcelona

Roma v Porto

Ajax v Real Madrid

Liverpool v Bayern Munich


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