Celtic go into tomorrow’s game against Salzburg with a point to prove in the Europa League.
After disappointing at the Champions League qualifiers TWICE, the players and manager now look for Europa redemption.
However this wont be a walk in the park for Celtic by any stretch of the imagination. Scott Brown declared after the Aberdeen game that the players now have no excuses as the ‘transitional period’ is over. I’m not so sure it is.
We still have a team that’s getting to know one another on and off the field. While the squad is starting to take positive strides it’s worth remembering that Ronny still doesn’t know his best XI. The defence picks itself but move into the midfield and beyond and he has been tinkering since his arrival. This is to be expected but with the games coming thick and fast now he must make major decisions on what team he puts out for what competitions.
He has two brand new strikers to work with although Guidetti couldn’t be registered in time for Europe so Scepovic will start for sure.
Ronny likes to play one up top with two attacking midfielders either side of his striker – while this might not work as well in the SPFL, I believe it could go down a treat in Europe, especially away from home.
Salzburg go into the game off the back of 3 defeats in a row and their manager under mounting pressure to deliver results. Celtic need to take advantage of their vulnerability but also be wary of a team striving to hit some sort of form. Their top goalscorer Jonathan Soriano has bagged 11 goals in just 7 games this season already. If we fall asleep at the back then there is no doubt this team can score.
It will be interesting to see how Ronny sets the team up tomorrow.
Hopefully we can get a positive result but remember the only thing certain about Celtic away in Europe is uncertainty!