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John McGlynn's Hearts have a tough assignment in the Europa League play-offs
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John McGlynn's Hearts have a tough assignment in the Europa League play-offs

Hearts face an all-British affair in the Europa League play-offs after they were drawn against Liverpool.

John McGlynn's side qualified for this stage by virtue of winning the William Hill Scottish Cup, while the Reds cruised into the final qualifying round of the competition with a 4-0 aggregate win over FC Gomel of Belarus. The first leg is set to be played on either August 22 or 23 with the return a week later.

Motherwell have been given a tough assignment after being drawn against Spanish Primera Division side Levante. Greek outfit Panathinaikos dumped Motherwell out of the Champions League stage with a thumping 5-0 aggregate win in the recently completed third qualifying round.

Stuart McCall's men therefore drop into the Europa League and they find their route to the main draw blocked by Levante, who enter European football for the first time after finishing sixth in La Liga last season.

They do not have any links to Scottish football but do count former Rangers duo Gabriel Amato and Shota Arveladze and current Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby amongst their ex-players.

Well will host the first leg before travelling to the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia a week later.

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