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Celtic learn their Europa League fate

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Celtic will face Ajax, Fenerbahce and Molde in the group stages of the Europa League this season after the draw was made in Switzerland on Friday afternoon.

Handed a tough group draw, Celtic will face Ajax managed by former Rangers defender Frank de Boer, who they faced two seasons ago in the Champions League winning 2-1 in Glasgow and losing away in Amsterdam 1-0.

The away game was overshadowed by violence between both sets of fans and the Police.

The Scottish champions will travel to Turkey for the first time in a competitive fixture to face Fenerbahce in Istanbul. The Turkish side have the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani, Diego, Moussa Sow, Simon Kjær, Raul Meireles, Michal Kadlec and their captain Volkan Demirel in the side.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will also return to his homeland, Norway, to face champions Molde who were fourth seeds going into the draw.

Group A schedule

Matchday One: Thursday 17th September – 6pm kick off
Ajax (A)

Matchday Two: Thursday 1st October – 8.05pm kick off
Fenerbahce (H)

Matchday Three: Thursday 22nd October – 8.05pm kick off
Molde (A)

Matchday Four: Thursday 5th November – 6pm kick off
Molde (H)

Matchday Five: Thursday 26th November – 8.05pm kick off
Ajax (H)

Matchday Six: Thursday 10th December – 6pm kick off
Fenerbahce (A)

What are your thoughts on the draw? Will Celtic struggle? Will they progress? Let us know.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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