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EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW: ZENIT’S 3 MONTHS WINTER LAY-OFF CAN HELP CELTIC

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CELTIC have been drawn against Zenit St Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League.

The Hoops, who finished third in their Champions League group behind Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, will host the Russian club in the first leg on February 15 with the return the following week.

The Russian side are the top scorers in the Europa League this season but go into a three months long winter break after playing tomorrow. Their first match back will be in February at Celtic Park.

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Celtic usually aren’t at full speed in the summer when they are forced into summer ties to qualify for the Champions League.

This is the first time that the reverse situation will happen and Brendan Rodgers will be looking to capitalize on the Russian winter. He may however have to invest in the transfer window to improve the quality and quantity of the central defenders at the club. An experienced leader with a Champions League pedigree would be a huge addition.

Arsenal, who won their Europa League group and were one of the seeded teams, will play Ostersunds with the first leg in Sweden.

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