Ange Postecoglou has challenged his Celtic players to approach Bayer Leverkusen without fear when the sides meet in the Europa League on Thursday.

Celtic travel to Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, having won two straight Europa League Group G games; Leverkusen beat Celtic 4-0 in September’s reverse fixture; Ange Postecoglou: “I’d rather go there and find out about ourselves than just go there and try to survive”

Celtic travel to Germany having boosted their hopes of reaching the Europa League knockout stages with victories in their previous two matches, both against Ferencvaros.

The Hoops have no new injury concerns following Saturday’s League Cup semi-final win over St Johnstone. However, Tom Rogic, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Carl Starfelt will not feature today, even though they are all said to be close to a return.

Celtic trail second-placed Real Betis by a point with two matches to play and are four points behind group leaders Leverkusen.

The Bhoys are already assured European football next year as they have already qualified for the Europa Conference League. Realistically, they will need to win their last two remaining games to stay in the Europa League in the new year.

With the teams just announced, this is how the Celtic team line up in Germany:

 

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