Who Celtic could be drawn against in the UEFA Europa Conference League

By Euan Davidson

December 9, 2021

Celtic have found out who they may be drawn against in the UEFA Europa Conference League.

With both the Europa League and Europa Conference League Groups completed at the final whistle of tonight’s round of fixtures, there are some tasty ties for fans to look forward to next year [UEFA].

It’s the first year of the Conference League, and the standard is very decent. The draw will take place on Monday, the 13th of December.

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As a third-place Europa League club, Celtic will face a play-off against teams who finished second in the Conference groups.

After tonight’s results, we could face any of the following:

Bodø/Glimt

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Randers

Partizan Belgrade

Slavia Prague

PAOK

Qarabag

Vitesse/Tottenham Hotspur (match abandoned)

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Plenty of winnable ties for Celtic in the Europa Conference League

Look, it’s the first ever Conference League. Why not go all-out?

Although the Europa League threw up some difficult tests for Celtic this season, the quality is there. Perhaps those first two games just came a little soon for Ange Postecoglou’s side, who were still very much adapting to a new style and ethos.

With some added depth from the January transfer window, there’s no reason Celtic couldn’t make some significant noise in the first edition of this new competition. While domestic football is so obviously the priority, there’s still plenty of opportunity for Celtic in Europe this season.

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We’ve taken on some great teams already this season. Both Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis would be favourites were they to enter the Conference League.

Sure, these aren’t the most glamorous clubs in the world, but who cares? With the potential to boost the summer transfer kitty, the coefficient boost and a stronger reputation in Europe, there’s a lot to gain.

Let’s look upon this as an opportunity, something we’ve never had before, and go for it.

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