Former Celtic goalkeeper Alan Rough believes the Bhoys have received a favourable draw in terms of playing Valencia in the Europa League.

Valencia will be travelling to Scotland in February to take on Celtic in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash at Paradise.

The Spanish giants finished third in their Champions League group, but did pick up a win over Manchester United and are being backed to see off the Scottish champions in the Europa League.

Celtic are expected to start the tie as underdogs, but Rough believes it is a favourable draw for the Bhoys as Valencia have been  lacklustre this season.

However, he admits that Los Che play against better quality players and teams more regularly than Celtic and have enough in their side to cause problems for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

The former Celtic goalkeeper said on the Football Show for PLZ Soccer: “I think it is a favourable draw.

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“They haven’t got a team who are in form and they have won only three of their 16 league games.

“We all know the history: they are a good side and they are playing betting quality than we have in our league, so there are quality players.

“Celtic will have to improve, especially after the midweek game, and when you are at European level, you have to improve your own game.”

Celtic managed to sneak into the last 32 despite losing their last group game against Red Bull Salzburg.