Celtic fans react on Twitter to Europa League draw
Celtic fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on their Europa League last-32 draw against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
The Hoops finished third in their Champions League group, behind PSG and Bayern Munich but were able to hold off Anderlecht to clinch third place and a Europa League place.
Celtic announced the draw on their official Twitter account on Monday.
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 11, 2017
Fans on social media were split over the draw to play Zenit, with some having Celtic as favourites for the time and some having written the games off as a defeat already.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Zenit is a tough draw, but I guess it could have been worse. #Celtic
— John McNeil (@JohnMcNeil15) December 11, 2017
That’s a good draw not out our reach good result at Celtic Park could take us into the last 16 we go again ????????????????????????????
— Noel Kiely (@NoelKiely) December 11, 2017
Medium toughness. We have a chance on paper with them being 3rd in their league. Need to rediscover our home form if we want to have any hope of progressing tho.
— Gastro Celtic (@Gastro_Celtic) December 11, 2017
Celtic v Zenit ….. Would have preferred to avoid any sides from Russia due to travel & Weather will be brutal at this time of year. Plus they came through their group undefeated. pic.twitter.com/Zyxe7fOdWQ
— GGW (@glasgowsgreenw) December 11, 2017
That’s us out…????
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) December 11, 2017
Hard draw but could of been worse#celtic????????????
— Mark Rooney (@Rooney8787) December 11, 2017
Not the worst draw for Celtic getting Zenit. Not the team they were a few years ago and no games till March due to Russian winter break.
— Graeme McLaren (@Big_McLaren) December 11, 2017
The Hoops face a difficult tie against the team who are currently third in the Russian Premier League and managed by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
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The winter break that Zenit will be in during the tie could help the Scottish champions, as their own winter break ends at the end of January.
The games in the Europa League last 32 will be the first ever meetings between the clubs.
Zenit qualified for the last 32 by finishing top of a Europa League group which featured Real Sociedad, Rosenborg and Vardar.
The games are due to be played at Celtic Park on the 15th of February and and in Russia on the 22nd of February.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton named Scott Brown in his Scottish Premiership team of the week