CELTIC and Rangers face tough Europa League group stages after today’s draw in Monaco.

The Hoops, who overcame FK Suduva 3-0 last night, have been paired in Group B with Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig, Austria’s Salzburg and Rosenborg, the Norwegians they beat in this season Champions League qualifiers.

Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side, who are in the group stages of a European competition for the first time since 2010/11, have been drawn in Group G with Villarreal, Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow.

Rangers, who only returned from the away leg of their play-off against Russian side FC Ufa in the early hours of this morning, take on Brendan Rodgers’ champions in the first Old Firm clash of the season at noon on Sunday.

The Europa League draw:

Group A: Bayer Leverkusen, Ludogorets, Zurich, AEK Larnaca.

Group B: FC Salzburg, CELTIC,RB Leipzig, Rosenborg.

Group C: Zenit St Petersburg, FC Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Slavia Prague.

Group D: Anderlecht, Fenerbahce, Dinamo Zagreb, Spartak Trnava.

Group E: Arsenal, Sporting CP, Qarabag, FC Vorskla.

Group F: Olympiakos, AC Milan, Real Betis, Dudelange.

Group G: Villarreal, Rapid Vienna, Spartak Moscow, RANGERS.

Group H: Lazio, Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt, APOE.

Group I: Besiktas, Genk, Malmo, Sarpsborg.

Group J: Sevilla, Krasnodar, Standard Liege, Akhisarspor.

Group K: Dynamo Kiev, Astana, Rennes, Jablonec.

Group L: Chelsea, PAOK, BATE, Vidi FC.

The first game is due on September 20.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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