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EUROPA CELTS COULD RETURN TO ROME

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CELTIC could return to Rome when the Europa League last 32 draw in made in Nyon on Monday.

Neil Lennon’s men made history when Olivier Ntcham netted a stoppage-time goal against Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico last month to give the Hoops their first win on Italian soil in 13 attempts.

The Celts beat the Serie A cracks home and away – 2-1 on both occasions – but, remarkably, face the prospect of a quickfire return to the Italian capital on February 20 – if they are drawn against Roma. It’s a scenario which could become a reality in the luck of the ballot.

The champions, seeded after winning their group, would play their first leg away from home with the return at Parkhead on February 27.

Roma are a possibility along with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Hoops CANNOT face Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side, who drew 1-1 with Switzerland’s Young Boys in Glasgow last night, as teams from the same country are kept apart until the last 16.

Likewise, Lennon’s side will not be paired with group rivals Cluj for yet another meeting after meeting the Romanians on four occasions this time out.

That means there are 14 potential ties for and being seeded does not necessarily protect the Hoops from a tough test such as a return to Rome.

Premier League side Wolves are also potential opponents.

All will be revealed when the draw in made at midday on Monday.

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