Celtic head to Greece knowingthey must score after drawing 1-1 with AEK Athens in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifying round clash at Parkhead last week.
Brendan Rodgers’ men struggled against their ten-man Greek opponents in Glasgow, and Viktor Klonaridis’ vital away goal has left them facing an uphill battle to reach the competition proper tonight (August 14).
Moussa Dembele could be deemed fit to return to the Scottish side after a hamstring injury meant he had to miss the first leg. Dedryck Boyata did not travel with the Celtic squad after his agent launched a furious attack on the club.
Konstantinos Galanopoulos is to miss out for AEK Athens after the defensive midfielder was sent off last week having been shown two yellow cards within six minutes.
Celtic predicted XI: Gordon, Ajer, Hendry, Brown, Tierney, Lustig, Ntcham, McGregor, Rogic, Forrest, Edouard.
AEK Athens predicted XI: Barkas, Lampropoulos, Oikonomou, Lopes, Bakakis, Klonaridis, SimÕes, Alef, Livaja, Hult, Bakasetas.
Where can I watch the match?
The game is being televised live on BT Sport 2, starting at 6.30pm.
How can I listen?
What the managers are saying
Brendan Rodgers (Celtic): “It was always going to be difficult, whatever the result. But I said to the players, we have nothing to fear. We put in a big performance and didn’t quite get the result [in the first leg], but it allows us an opportunity to go out there and get a result.”
Marinos Ouzounidis (AEK Athens): “I think qualification depends on us. We have a great opponent facing us, but we have proved we are a very good team too. I am asking for the help of all friends of AEK. We need the passion, support and intensity of our supporters. The ‘Welcome to Hell’ message is used a lot, but this time I would really like it to be true when we face Celtic.”
AEK made it difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side in the first leg but expect the Bhoys to find a way in Greece.
AEK Athens 0 Celtic 1