BARCELONA VISIT CELTIC FOR UCL

Barcelona are set to visit Celtic on Wednesday in a Group C UEFA Champions League game.


Celtic have garnered just two points so far, and they would be hoping to force an upset even if they do not continue to the next stage of the tournament. In addition, if they can get the required results at home, they stand a chance at qualifying for the knockout phase but Manchester City would have to do them the favour of slipping against Borussia Monchengladbach. Man City themselves would not want to take their chances against Barcelona as they would want to get the win and hopefully finish top if Barca slip.

Barcelona defeated Celtic 7-0 at home earlier but Celtic would be hoping to get their own pound of flesh when they meet.

“[It will be] a tough game, of course – they’re a top class, world-class team with arguably the best front three that has ever played for Barcelona. But I would hope that it would be a different performance from ourselves,” Brendan Rodgers, Celtic coach said ahead of the clash.

Kieran Tierney is out on injury, Leigh Griffiths has to prove his fitness but the rest of the team are available for the game against the Nou Camp dwellers. On the other hand, Barcelona are expecting star forward Lionel Messi to feature after a brief illness. Uruguay international Luis Suarez is also expected back after he served his suspension in the La Liga in the game against Malaga over the weekend. Jordi alba missed the City game but is expected to make a return to the starting squad. Gerard Pique played over the weekend, and could play again. At the moment, only Samuel Umtiti and Andres Iniesta are confirmed not to be available for the game.