Celtic vs Suduva: Europa League match preview, team news, predicted XIs, plus more

29 Aug

Celtic face a huge game on home soil on Thursday night in the Europa League as they aim to make the group stage of the competition.

Having already been knocked out of the Champions League, it would be humiliating for the Scottish giants to not be taking part in any European football at all this season.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will be feeling the heat ahead of their clash with Suduva.

They managed to grab an away goal in their 1-1 draw in Lithuania with Suduva, but their opponents will be going all out to claim victory in the second leg at Celtic Park.

What is being said?:

Brendan Rodgers: “It is important for us to have European football at least through to Christmas. We started out on this qualification journey on June 18 and it has been a long pre-season but we have a great opportunity to finish the job off at home.”

Craig Gordon: “We are ahead in the tie as it stands. We would have liked more from the first leg, obviously.

“It’s been the story for us the last few weeks.

“We have had the majority of the ball, not turned it into goals and found ourselves losing goals at the other end from not many chances given up.

“So that has been frustrating and something we need to sort out and get back to consistently doing what we have been doing over the last two seasons.” 

Will wantaway Moussa Dembele start against Suduva?

Team news:

 

With intense transfer speculation surrounding him, Moussa Dembele is now a doubt for the match, but Odsonne Edouard could return, which would be a huge and timely boost.

Predicted XI:

Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer; Forrest, Brown, Ntcham, Tierney; McGregor; Griffiths, Edouard.

Suduva: Kardum; Svrljuga, Gayduchik, Jankauskas; Leimonas, Slavikas; Finkler, Cadjenovic, Verbickas; Cicilia, Vezevicius.