Celtic Europa League group confirmed: huge matches, reunions, fans react
Celtic have been drawn against Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis and Ferencvaros in the UEFA Europa League group stage this season.
The draw has just been made from Istanbul in Turkey, where Celtic were in Pot 2.
Leverkusen were the team from Pot 1, while Real Betis and Ferencvaros entered from Pot 3 and Pot 4 respectively.
Regardless of who we got in today’s draw, we knew it was going to be a tough group. The Europa League has reduced to 32 teams from 48, meaning there’s a higher barrier of entry and increased quality as a result.
However, being drawn from teams from the Bundesliga and La Liga certainly adds extra danger and glamour to the set of fixtures.
There’s also the small matter of a reunion with Jeremie Frimpong, who joined the German outfit earlier this year.
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The subplot surrounding Ferencvaros is also strong, given they were the team that knocked us out of the Champions League last season, famously.
It’s a group full of drama, reunions, prestige and challenge for Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys.
Fans are certainly relishing the prospect of going to the games and seeing this team test themselves across the continent.
These supporters have taken to Twitter this morning to share their thoughts on it all…
That could have been much worse, take https://t.co/1MfcTYN0BB— Jay here (@mccjay93) August 27, 2021
Don’t see why we can’t progress through this group. Only Leverkusen is better than the team we knocked out last night https://t.co/vAd6BK5MeO— Lord Rogic (@HayesHtid) August 27, 2021
Tough group, no reason why we can’t go through though https://t.co/kDWgbKlzY3— Jamie Lochrie (@JamieLochrie1) August 27, 2021
Very difficult group, two strong teams in @bayer04_en and @RealBetis_en, then @Fradi_HU who really epitomises our horrible season last year. Big games, we need a few more players to compete with them @CelticFC @dom_mckay1 https://t.co/LVi8hWJ4G4— Kieren Laverty (@KierenLaverty) August 27, 2021
Great group some exciting ties & a good chance to get through! Not much more you can ask for! 🍀 https://t.co/USTr5DJAgF— John McConnell (@JohnMcC28171320) August 27, 2021
Should be aiming for at least 10 points here. Hopefully slap Ferencvaros about after embarrassing ourselves with lennyball last year https://t.co/1IBuWIUjA8— Paul (@paulcropper) August 27, 2021
A tough group but bring it on! 🍀 https://t.co/03aw7IkEuy— Indy Bhoy (@BhoyIndy) August 27, 2021
Very happy with this looking at the other groups of death. Very winnable games. Still a hard group but doable. 🍀 https://t.co/CFhIj8LuVs— Andrew | FUTAndy67 🏴 (@FUTAndy67) August 27, 2021
In other news, Adam Montgomery steps up for Celtic at crucial moment.