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Europa League draw in full: Celtic handed top trip to Spain as Arsenal and Chelsea also discover fate in last 32

By Gareth Hanna

Celtic have been drawn against Valencia in the last 32 of the Europa League.

Chelsea will take on Swedish side Malmo while Arsenal have been drawn against Belarus' BATE Borisov.

Celtic last met Valencia in the Champions League in 2001 but were knocked out on penalties. The Bhoys lost 1-0 in Spain but won 1-0 at Parkhead thanks to Henrik Larsson only to lose 5-4 on spot-kicks.

"It is another game against a team with a great history, one of the great teams in Spain," said boss Brendan Rodgers. "They are a very good side with some very good players. We know it is going to be a really good game.

"I saw them this season against Manchester United, I thought when they played at Old Trafford they played like a typical Spanish team, technically very good and have some very good players.

"It will be a tough test by the time it comes around. We have the first game at home and we would like to bring some sort of advantage into the second leg."

Arsenal played BATE in the group stage last season, winning 6-0 at the Emirates and 4-2 away. Chelsea  and Malmo FF will be going head to head for the very first time.

There was also a mouth-watering Champions League draw made this morning:

When will the last 32 ties take place?

The seeded teams, including Arsenal and Chelsea, will play their first leg ties away from home on Thursday February 14, with the return legs a week later on February 21. Arsenal's second leg will kick-off at 5.55pm.

Europa League last 32 draw in full

(First teams will play first leg at home)

Viktoria Plzen v Dinamo Zagreb

Club Brugge v Red Bull Salzburg

Rapid Vienna v Internazionale Milan

Slavia Prague v Genk

Krasnodar v Bayer Leverkusen

FC Zurich v Napoli

Malmo v Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt

Celtic v Valencia

Stade Rennais v Real Betis

Olympiakos v Dinamo Kiev

Lazio v Sevilla

Fenerbahce v Zenit

Sporting CP v Villarreal

BATE Borisov v Arsenal

Galatasaray v Benfica

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