At one stage on Thursday night it looked as if both Celtic and bitter rivals Rangers were going to win their respective Europa League groups.

That would have given the organisers of the tournament a headache, as both sides would have been scheduled to play at home on the second leg of their last 32 ties. That would have probably meant that one team would have to have changed their second leg from a Thursday to a Tuesday or Wednesday.

However, Young Boys’ late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Rangers means that the Ibrox side finished second behind Porto in their group.

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No chance of Hoops second leg moving days

General view of Celtic Park

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That means there is no prospect of both teams playing at home in the second leg. The Ibrox side will play at home in the first leg.

That is good news for the Hoops, as it means that can prepare for the Thursday-Sunday game schedule as normal when the time comes to get ready for the fixture in February.


Celtic can also boost about being the only Scottish side to win their Europa League group, which is important when it comes to bragging rights.

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Hoops will learn last 32 opponents on Monday

Celtic Europa League draw

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The draw for the last 32 of the Europa League will be made on Monday, and 67 Hail Hail have provided a list of the teams that the Hoops can face in that round.

There are 14 teams on the list, obviously the Hoops cannot play either Cluj or Rangers in the last 32, but that could change should the team make progress to the last 16 of the competition.

Of the teams that the Hoops could face, Premier League side Wolves would provide a stern test, as would Italian side Roma. Should Celtic face Roma, they would have the chance of completing a Rome double after already facing Lazio in the competition.

Whoever Celtic end up playing, the draw should make for exciting viewing and the games will be one of the highlights of the second-half of the season.

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