Europa League Draw – All you need to know as Celtic go into the hat

CELTIC will this afternoon discover who we’ll play in the Europa League knock-out stage, round of 32 in February.

We are an unseeded team as we finished in second spot in our group behind Salzburg so we will draw one of these seeded teams, with only the Austrian side being excluded from the teams we can play.

Arsenal (ENG)
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Benfica (POR)*
Chelsea (ENG)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
Genk (BEL)
Internazionale Milano (ITA)*
Napoli (ITA)*
Real Betis (ESP)
Salzburg (AUT) – Can’t be drawn against Celtic.
Sevilla (ESP)
Valencia (ESP)*
Villarreal (ESP)
Zenit (RUS)

The UNSEEDED teams which includes Celtic, will be drawn against the teams above. The list of unseeded teams is here:

Celtic (SCO)
Club Brugge (BEL)*
Fenerbahçe (TUR)
Galatasaray (TUR)*
Krasnodar (RUS)
Lazio (ITA)
Malmö (SWE)
Olympiacos (GRE)
Rapid Wien (AUT)
Rennes (FRA)
Sporting CP (POR)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)*
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)*
Zürich (SUI)

*Transferring from UEFA Champions League

Draw Procedure

There are two pots of clubs for the round of 32 draw – with the 12 group winners and the four best third-ranked teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage all seeded.

The seeded teams are drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-placed Champions League sides.

The seeded teams are at home in the second leg.

No team can play a club from their UEFA Europa League group or a side from the same national association.

Based on decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, teams from Russia and Ukraine shall not be drawn together.

To avoid two teams form the same city playing at home on the same night, Fenerbahçe will play their home first leg on Tuesday 12 February at 18:55CET
Likewise, Sevilla and Arsenal will play their home second legs on Wednesday 20 February at 18:00CET

The Road to BAKU…

12/14 February: Round of 32 first leg
20/21 February: Round of 32, second leg

22 February: Round of 16 draw

7 March: Round of 16, first leg
14 March: Round of 16, second leg

15 March: Quarter-final & semi-final draw

11 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
18 April: Quarter-finals, second leg

2 May: Semi-finals, first leg
9 May: Semi-finals, second leg

Wednesday 29 May: Final – Olympic Stadium, Baku

Also on The Celtic Star this morning…

‘Time to deliver, or else!’ Gordon warns his team-mates…See HERE.

“Footballers without heart…” a Celtic supporter…See HERE.

‘Football without Fans…’ Celtic SLO, John Paul Taylor…See HERE.

Jim Craig – ‘The best performance he had ever seen,’ Jinky’s finest game…see HERE.

Have your say on the new Celtic supporters forum CELTIC NOISE…..

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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