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Celtic avoid Legia Warsaw in Europa League draw

Updated: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 17:18

Celtic face trips to Austria, Croatia and Romania
Celtic face trips to Austria, Croatia and Romania

Celtic avoided meeting Legia Warsaw, the side who they controversially beat in Champions League qualifying due to a technicality, in today’s Europa League group draw.

The Scottish champions are the second seed in Group D alongside Salzburg from Austria, Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb and Astra Giurgiu from Romania.

Tottenham will be looking to replicate local rivals Arsenal's recent success against Besiktas after being paired with the Turkish side in Group C.

The Gunners edged past Besiktas over two legs in the Champions League play-offs, with Slaven Bilic's side dropping down to become top seeds in the secondary competition where they face a return to North London.

Also on the agenda for Mauricio Pochettino's side are trips to Serbia's Partizan Belgrade and Greek side Asteras.

Everton, coming from pot three at the draw in Monaco, have a tough draw in Group H, where they play a Lille side spearheaded by on-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi and Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg as well as a tricky journey to Russia's Krasnodar.

The group stage begins on 18 September with the final in Warsaw on 27 May next year.   

Celtic Crash Out Again

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes now is the time to put aside the disappointment of losing out to Maribor in the Champions League play-offs.

He told UEFA.com: "It's an interesting group. There are good teams but we are going to fight to go through.

"We are disappointed we didn't make the Champions League but we have to close this chapter for this year and remember the feeling we had.

"We have to work really hard, learn from our defeats and use that experience when we hopefully get in that situation again next year.

"We are going to focus on the 50 or so games we have left and we will do everything to win the league, cups and do well in Europe."