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Celtic handed glamour tie with Inter Milan in Europa League as Liverpool return to Istanbul

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Celtic captain Scott Brown celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in their Scottish Premier League victory over St Mirren at Celtic Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic captain Scott Brown celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in their Scottish Premier League victory over St Mirren at Celtic Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic captain Scott Brown celebrates after scoring his side's third goal in their Scottish Premier League victory over St Mirren at Celtic Park. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic were handed a fearsome Europa League last-32 draw against Inter Milan while Liverpool will return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable Champions League final win in 2005.

The Reds were paired with Besiktas in Monday's draw in Nyon, conducted by UEFA's Europa League final ambassador Jerzy Dudek - Liverpool's goalkeeper in that famous penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan.

For Celtic, the draw marks a reunion with the opposition for the most famous match in the club's history, the 1967 European Cup final which Jock Stein's 'Lisbon Lions' won 2-1.

Tottenham will also face Italian opposition in the form of Fiorentina, while Everton were drawn against Swiss side Young Boys in the first tie out of the UEFA pots.

Sevilla, the competition's last ever defending champions as this season's winners will instead qualify for the Champions League, face Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

The tie pits together teams who have won the competition, or its predecessor the UEFA Cup, five times between them.

Remarkably, aside from the ties involving Celtic and Liverpool, only one other features teams who have played against each other before - Villarreal and Salzburg, who met in the the 2009-10 group stage with Salzburg winning both games.

Liverpool won their last meeting with Besiktas 8-0 in the 2007-08 Champions League. Current captain Steven Gerrard scored in the game but the other goalscorers - Yossi Benayoun with a hat-trick and Peter Crouch and Ryan Babel netting twice apiece - have long since departed Anfield.

The first-leg matches will be played on February 19, with the return fixtures seven days later.

Draw for the Europa League last 32:

 

Young Boys v Everton

 

Torino v Athletic Bilbao

 

Sevilla v Borussia Monchengladbach

 

Wolfsburg v Sporting Lisbon

 

Ajax v Legia Warsaw

 

AaB v Club Brugge

 

Anderlecht v Dinamo Moscow

 

Dnipro v Olympiacos

 

Trabzonspor v Napoli

 

Guingamp v Dinamo Kiev

 

Villarreal v Salzburg

 

Roma v Feyenoord

 

PSV Eindhoven v Zenit St Petersburg

 

Liverpool v Besiktas

 

Tottenham v Fiorentina

 

Celtic v Inter Milan

 

:: Ties to be played February 19 and 26


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