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Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon. Picture credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon. Picture credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon. Picture credit: Danny Lawson / PA Wire

HIBERNIAN have been drawn to take on Drogheda or Sweden's Malmo in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

And Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, who was pleased with the draw, has unsurprisingly expressed a preference for a meeting with Drogheda.

He said: "It's not a bad draw from a logistical point of view.

"Our worst-case scenario would've been to travel halfway around the world for one of the games.

"Drogheda are a decent side and one that I know very well indeed – I watched them beat Bohemians 3-0 a couple of weeks ago.

"I also know their manager really well, so from my perspective that would probably be the ideal scenario.

"But Drogheda have got a really tough tie against Malmo, who are a quality European side with a great pedigree.

"The fact they are Sweden's most successful club tells its own story.

"Now we've got plenty of opportunities to see both teams a few times and obtain all the relevant info before the second qualifying round takes place.

"If we can play to our best and produce a committed and controlled performance then I believe we've got a decent chance."

The other Scottish side in the draw, St Johnstone, will play Northern Irish side Crusaders or Norwegian outfit Rosenborg. Crusaders-Rosenborg, Drogheda-Malmo and other first qualifying round clashes will take place on July 4 and July 11.

The dates for the second round are July 18 and 25.


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