Who would have thought it? A European game at Celtic Park at 3:30 pm on a Tuesday. Celtic, unfortunately, have bigger problems in Europe this season than kick-off times if they are serious about getting somewhere in their group.
The Hoops have lost both of their opening Group G matches, conceding four goals in each game including a 4-0 home reverse against Bayer Leverkusen in their last European outing. Ferencvaros have also lost their first two matches so this double header will decide both teams fates in Europe this season.
Ange Postecoglou has insisted his attacking approach would not change ahead of today’s clash, if any criticism has come the Australians way so far it’s a lack of a plan B when attacking football is not working.
Some fans feel that playing attacking football against better quality European opposition is an accident waiting to happen. On the other hand, the Bhoys scored 3 away goals against Betis and they probably could have had three against Leverkusen as there were some guilt-edged chances missed.
It’s hard to imagine any shock call-ups to Celtic’s first team today. Bolingoli might have been a surprise at the weekend for a 2-0 win against Motherwell at Fir Park and the controversial defender might have played himself back into the team but he is not eligible for today’s game.
Ange might not throw all caution to the wind today and bring in Bitton to cover midfield instead of the attacking Tom Rogic option.
With the teams just announced this is how Celtic will line up:
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Adam Montgomery replaces the ineligible Boli Bolingoli but will Rogic and Turnbull work together the way they did on Saturday against better opposition? At least the Celtic bench is starting to look a bit stronger.