When Scottish Champions Celtic advanced past the group stage and into the knockout stage of the Champions League last season, everyone associated with the club pointed to their thrilling 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Parkhead. That victory, combined with a poor showing from Benfica ensured Celtic’s place in the knockout round. On Tuesday, Celtic and Barcelona will renew acquaintances at Celtic Park with the Hoops in need of a result.
Celtic lost their opening fixture in Europe to AC Milan, despite holding off the Italian’s side attacks for the majority of the match. Barcelona opened their European account with an easy win over Ajax Amsterdam. However, Barcelona won’t have superstar striker Lionel Messi in the lineup, as a thigh injury will keep the Argentine sidelined for the next two weeks.
Messi’s absence could give Celtic a boost as they won’t have to focus their defending around him, which in turn…
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