Celtic avoid Legia Warsaw in Europa draw

Spurs drawn alongside a Besiktas side that lost to Arsenal in the Champions League playoffs

 Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract with Celtic. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year contract with Celtic. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.


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

The Gunners edged past Besiktas over two legs in the Champions Leagiue 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.

Scottish champions Celtic, who announced that Callum McGregor had signed a five year deal today, avoided meeting Legia Warsaw, the side who they controversially beat in Champions League qualifying due to a technicality, and take the second seed in Group D alongside Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra Giurgiu.

The draw for the UEFA Europa League Group Stage

Group A

Villarreal, Borussia M’gladbach, FC Zurich, Apollon Limassol

Group B

FC Copenhagen, Club Brugge, Torino, HJK Helsinki

Group C

Tottenham Hotspur, Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade, Asteras Tripoli

Group D

SV Red Bull Salzburg, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Astra Giurgiu

Group E

PSV, Panathinaikos, Estoril Praia, Dynamo Moscow

Group F

Inter Milan, Dnipro, St Etienne, FK Karabakh

Group G

Sevilla, Standard Liege, Feyenoord, Rijeka

Group H

Lille, Wolfsburg, Everton, Krasnodar

Group I

Napoli, Sparta Prague, Young Boys, Slovan Bratislava

Group J

Dynamo Kiev, Steaua Bucuresti, Rio Ave AaB

Group K

Fiorentina, PAOK Salonika, Guingamp, Dinamo Minsk

Group L

FC Metalist Kharkiv, Tranzonspor, Legia Warsaw, Lokeren

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