If Celtic have any dreams of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League, they’ll need to begin their improbable task on Tuesday when they welcome Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich.
Bayern were 3-0 winners when both teams last met in the reverse leg at the Allianz-Arena, and Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers will require his side to be more than at their best, if they’re to upset the odds.
A win for Celtic will reignite their dreams of progressing from this group of death. While a win for Bayern will not necessarily guarantee them a place in the knockout stage, though it would put them on the brink of inevitable qualification.
The re-arrival of Jupp Heynkes at Bayern has breathed new vigor into the German club, who looked rather desolate under Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern enter their game against Celtic on a back of beating RB Leipzig in two different competitions, in the space of a week.
Celtic will be without the services of a number of defenders, including Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Anthony Ralston.
Though they will breathe a small sigh of a relief after Bayern striker, Robert Lewandowski did not travel with the squad for Tuesday’s matchup.
Lewandowski went off with a thigh injury during Bayern’s win at the weekend, and Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes won’t want to risk him ahead of their Klassiker match with Dortmund on Saturday.
Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee for Bayern Munich and Franck Ribery, Juan Bernat and Thomas Muller join the German keeper on the sidelines.
Probable Celtic Starting XI: Gordon: Lustig, Boyata, Bitton, Tierney; Armstrong, Brown; McGregor, Rogic, Sinclair; Dembele.
Probable Bayern Munich Starting XI: Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba; Vidal, Rudy, Thiago, Robben, James; Pantovic.