BT Sport pundit: This is who I would love to see Celtic draw in Europa League
BT Sport pundit and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has revealed that he “would love” to see a battle of Britain between Celtic and his old side in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League.
The draw for the competition, which is made on December the 11th, has Arsenal seeded and the Scottish champions unseeded, which means there is the potential for two huge cross-border games.
Keown, as quoted on BT Sport after the Europa League stage ended, admitted that a match-up between two of the biggest sides in British football would be intriguing.
“Celtic, would love to see them play, maybe Arsenal. I think, for the credibility of their own Scottish division they need Celtic to do well, they didn’t do well in the Champions League,” he said.
Celtic and Arsenal have met before in Europe, the Gunners triumphing 6-1 on aggregate in 2009’s Champions League play-off, in a tie which was marred by allegations of cheating by former Arsenal striker Eduardo.
The Bhoys’ Champions League campaign was a bit of a damp squib, with only one victory in five games, the 3-0 victory in Anderlecht, thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair, which clinched the place in the Europa League.
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The Celts memorably reached the final of the competition when it was known as the UEFA Cup back in 2003, when over 100,000 fans travelled to Seville to see Martin O’Neill’s side lose 3-2 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto.
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