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Europa League draw: Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester handed straightforward start while it’s trickier for Rangers and nightmarish for Celtic

Who knew the Europa League could be so vast?

A mammoth 48 teams were drawn into 12 separate groups today, including three clubs from the Premier League and two from Scotland.


Thankfully, the English sides have each been handed relatively straightforward groups; Spurs will be rubbing their hands together with trips to Bulgaria, Austria and Belgium.

Arsenal will be pleased with their draw against the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former club Molde, as well as Irish minnows Dundalk, too.

Leicester, who missed out on this season’s Champions League by a whisker on the last day of last season, will face slightly trickier opponents in 2011 finalists Braga as well as AEK Athens – although you imagine they’ll be happy enough with that.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will be wary of Benfica and Standard Liege, while Celtic will need to be at their best in their games against AC Milan and Lille.

Europa League draw

Group A: Roma, Young Boys, Cluj, CSKA Sofia

Group B: Arsenal, Rapid Vienna, Molde, Dundalk 

Group C: Bayer Leverkusen, Slavia Prague, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Nice

Group D: Benfica, Standard Liege, Rangers, Lech Poznan

Group E: PSV, PAOK, Granada, Omonoia

Group F: Napoli, Real Sociedad, AZ Alkmaar, Rijek

Group G: Braga, Leicester, AEK Athens, Zorya

Group H: Celtic, Sparta Prague, AC Milan, Lille

Group I: Villarreal, Qarabag, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Sivasspor

Group J: Spurs, Ludogorets, LASK, Antwerp

Group K: CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Zagreb, Feyenoord, Wolfsberg

Group L: Gent, Red Star, Hoffenheim, Slovan Libere