16 December 2019 16:44
Celtic and Rangers were handed favourable draws in the last-32 of the Europa League. The Ladbrokes Premiership league leaders were handed a tie with Danish side FC Copenhagen, while Steven Gerrard's side were pitted with Portugal's Braga. Copenhagen are trailing an FC Midtjylland side which Rangers knockout out in the qualifiers by seven points in the Danish Superliga. The 13-time league winners, who count Niklas Bendtner amongst their ranks, fell at the third qualifying round of the Champions League to Red Star Belgrade. They finished behind Malmo but ahead of Dynamo Kyiv in their Europa League group, scoring just five goals.
Meanwhile, Braga are sitting ninth in the Primeira Liga, 14 points worse off than Porto, whom Rangers beat 2-0 in Glasgow and drew 1-1 in Portugal. They have few standout stars in their squad but are experienced operators in this competition and finished above Wolverhampton Wanderers in the group. Yet, neither team should spook Celtic and Rangers. If the Glasgow duo were to progress from their ties scheduled to take place in February it would set up the possibility of a last-16 Old Firm double header. However, that and seeding play no part in the draw going forward, opening up the possibility for two huge matches between Celtic and Rangers.