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UEFA offer Spurs boss Mourinho some relief with latest Europa League draw

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been spared further travel in the Europa League after they were handed a home tie against either Rostov or Maccabi Haifa in the play-off round.

Mourinho is unhappy with his team's schedule, and saw his men labour to a 2-1 victory in Bulgaria over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second round on Thursday night.

That teed up a third qualifying round encounter in Macedonia against Shkëndija next week - less than 48 hours after their League Cup campaign kicks off.

But if Spurs successfully navigate their way past the Macedonians then they will be at home in the final knockout round before the group stages, having been spared a trip to either Russia or Israel.

Hoping to join them there will be Celtic, who, if they can make their way past Latvian side Riga in the next round, will head to either Bosnia or Montenegro, after being paired with the winners of the tie between Sarajevo and Budućnost Podgorica.

Steven Gerrard's Rangers, who meet Dutch side Willem II in their third qualifying round encounter, will face either Galatasaray or Hajduk Split at Ibrox in the play-off round.

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