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Rodgers expecting a ‘tough test’ against Valencia in Europa League

Celtic manager Brendan Rodger’s is anticipating a ‘tough test’ after seeing his side drawn against Valencia in the Europa League knock-out stages.

The Scottish champions face the Spaniards in the tournament’s last-32, and Rodgers was full of praise for opponents who beat Manchester United in the Champions League group stages earlier this season.

“It is another game against a team with a great history [who are] one of the great teams in Spain,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official website.

“It is a long way off but we are delighted to be in there and it is going to be a really good game.

“If you look at their league [form] it has been a difficult season for them but I think over the past few years it has been a difficult period for Valencia.

“But this season against Manchester United, I thought in the game at Old Trafford they played very, very well.

“They were what you would describe as a typical Spanish team – technically very good, good idea tactically of the game – and they have got some very good players, so it will be a tough test.”

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