Cletic vs Manchester City
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Venue: Celtic Park
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Man. City: WWWWWW
- Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will return to the starting line-up as Celtic host Manchester City in Champions League Group C.
- Dorus de Vries, replaced at half-time in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Kilmarnock,has not recovered from a chest injury.
- Midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph, plus defender Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Angus Gunn, all miss out for City through injury.
- Kompany and De Bruyne are expected to be out for up to three weeks.
- Delph a muscle problem, while De Bruyne limped out of Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Swansea City.
- Club captain Kompany suffered a groin injury in last Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round win over the same opponent.
- De Bruyne and Kompany are expected to return to England on Wednesday after visiting Dr Ramon Cugat’s surgery in Barcelona, where the likes of manager Pep Guardiola himself, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and David Silva have been treated in the past.
Brendan Rodgers: “He trained yesterday and today. He’s still a bit sore, but he’s fine.
“There’s no need for us to take any risk when I’ve got an outstanding goalkeeper beside him.”
Pep Guardiola: “He’s the best doctor in the world and we are so lucky when we have a problem to travel to Barcelona and know his opinion, maybe the treatment.
“It’s not big, big injury, so two-three weeks, they’ll both be ready to be with us.”
Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Touré, Šimunović, Tierney; Forrest, Brown, Bitton, Sinclair; Rogic; Dembélé.
Doubtful: De Vries (chest)
Man. City: Bravo; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho; Sterling, Gündoğan, Silva, Nolito; Agüero.
Out: De Bruyne (hamstring), Kompany (groin), Delph (muscle), Gunn (hip)
- Manchester City will be the second English side Celtic have faced in the Champions League having played Manchester United in the group stages in 2006/07 and 2008/09 (W1 D1 L2).
- Celtic will come up against Pep Guardiola for the first time in Europe; despite having faced Barcelona nine times in the Champions League they did not meet during the Spaniard’s tenure.
- Brendan Rodgers has won just one of his seven Champions League games, with his side scoring five and conceding 16 in those seven matches.
- Celtic have lost three of their last four home games in the Champions League
- City have only tasted defeat once in their last five Champions League group games played away from home (W3 D1).
- City have won seven of their last nine Champions League group stage games, scoring 20 times in those seven victories.
- Celtic conceded seven goals in a European game for the first time in their history in their opening game of this season’s competition.
- This is City’s sixth consecutive Champions League participation. They have made it past the last 16 only once, it was in 2015/16 when they reached the semi-finals (knocked out by Real Madrid).
- Sergio Aguero has recorded hat-tricks in his two Champions League appearances this season (including qualifiers).