The Hoops dropped into Europe’s secondary tournament after finishing behind PSG and Bayern Munich in their Champions League group, whilst Zenit finished top of their Europa section after gathering 16 points against Real Sociedad, Rosenborg and FK Vardar.
And having beaten Rangers in the 2008 UEFA Cup final in Manchester, Zenit supremo Sergei Fursenko doesn’t seem too worried about facing Brendan Rodgers’ men in February, and sounded pretty confident of progressing to the last-16.
Speaking via the Daily Record, Fursenko coolly said: “We have already played against Scottish clubs, like Glasgow Rangers, and been quite successful.
“If we set ourselves the highest goals, then we must get past teams like this. I think this was a good draw for us.”
Zenit manager Roberto Mancini added: “We’ve got a very tough opponent, Celtic are a really good team that regularly play in the UEFA Champions League.
“Three seasons ago I faced them as the head coach of Inter.
“We managed to win, but these matches were very difficult. The first leg away will decide a lot.”
Zenit finished third in last year’s Russian Premier League and were held to a draw against Rosenborg earlier this season – a few months after the Norwegian champions were beaten by Celtic.
So, should Zenit’s President really be so cocksure about today’s draw?