Celtic to play Juventus in Champions League draw

Celtic will travel to Serie A champions Juventus, conquerors of Chelsea, in the second round of the Champions League, the BBC has reported.

Neil Lennon’s side escaped a group containing Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow, recording a famous win over Barca in the process, and have established a lengthy unbeaten run at Celtic Park in European competition.

Juventus, meanwhile, topped a group made up of reigning Champions League holders Chelsea, Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish side Nordsjaelland. Juventus last won the Champions League in 1996, and have finished runners-up five times, the last in 2003.

Celtic will hold the first leg, either over February 12 or 13 or February 19 or 20, with the return leg to be played in Turin in early March.

Juventus are currently top of Serie A, seven points clear of Inter with 17 games of the season played. Celtic also top their league, with the current Scottish champions four points ahead of second-placed Motherwell.

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