Celtic may not be in the European competition they wanted to be, knocked out of the Champions League qualifying stages, but there will be regular midweek action in continental competition.
The Scottish champions advanced to the Europa League group stages after a 3-0 victory over FK Suduva on Thursday sealed their spot in the competition with a 4-1 aggregate win.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will have aspirations of battling deep into the Europa League, potentially even eyeing a spot in the final in Baku next May, but a tough test awaits after Friday’s group stage draw threw up some intriguing fixtures.
Celtic have been drawn alongside Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Rosenborg in Group B, all of whom could hand Rodgers’ side problems, and the two clashes with Bundesliga outfit Leipzig look set to be the biggest challenges, potentially deciding who advances as group winners.
Fans quickly took to social media to share their thoughts on the draw and we have gathered some of the best reactions below.
— Lone Shadow (@loneshadowblade) August 31, 2018
Going To Do Salzburg & Leipzig, Never Been To Either City, So Looking Forward To Both Trips
— Joe Cardle (@dacardle) August 31, 2018
Two teams with the same owners and a team they have already knocked out of europe this season. Europa League is becoming just as much a Joke as CL
— Nigel Reilly (@NigelReilly) August 31, 2018
we might aswell build a training facility in Trondheim. thats 4 times this season we would have played them (twice last year) and if the world is crazy and both qualify it could be 6 times in one season haha
— DaRiN (@DarinBhoy) August 31, 2018
Rosenborg! Oh no wait I’ve all ready seen that game.
— Chelle McBride (@chellemcbride) August 31, 2018
Now i know why i hate redbull
— Paul McKigen (@paulmc_96) August 31, 2018
Rosenborg again….Jayziz we’ll be playing them as much as Sevco this season
— Tony Hadley CSC (@Stevedubwin) August 31, 2018
None really, tired of playing Rosenborg at this stage and as for the Red Bull two, no doubt they’ll collude to help each other in the group.
— Ronan Brennan (@brennanro) August 31, 2018
Hard group wont be easy
— Kev (@Siggybhoy79) August 31, 2018
Can’t wait to visit red bull twice
— Paul Cropper (@paulcropper) August 31, 2018