Brendan Rodgers: Valencia are one of the great teams in Spain

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 02: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 2, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has called Europa League last 32 opponents Valencia as a great team with a great history.

Valencia will travel to Glasgow in February to take on Celtic, before welcoming Celtic at the Mastella for the second leg after the two sides were paired together in today’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

Despite sitting 14th in La Liga, Valencia is still a difficult opponent for the Parkhead side but Rodgers is looking forward to the tie.

Speaking to the official Celtic club website after the draw, Rodgers said: “We’re delighted to be in the draw, and it’s another game against a team with a great history and one of the great teams in Spain. It’s a long way off, but we’re delighted to be in there and we know it’s going to be a really good game.

“In terms of looking at their league, it’s been a difficult season for them, but I think over the last few years it’s been a difficult period in the history of Valencia. I saw them this season against Manchester United and thought they played very well at Old Trafford. In that game, they were what you might describe as a typical Spanish team – technically and tactically very good.

“They’ve got some very good players, and it’ll be a tough test. We have the first leg at home in that game and we would like to bring some sort of advantage into the second leg. But they’re a very good side.”