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MATCH PREVIEW
BAYERN MUNICH v CELTIC
18/10/17, 19:45, Allianz Arena


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Celtic travel to Germany this week for matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League as they take on 5 time winners Bayern Munich.

The German champions have enjoyed a period of dominance in the German Bundesliga stretching back over the last few years, but have endured an indifferent start to their domestic season this time round; a start which cost the Italian Carlo Ancellotti his job as head coach of the German powerhouses.

Despite the recent arrival of fan favourite at Bayern, Jupp Heynckes, Celtic will feel that now is as good a time as any to face a side that has cemented itself as being recognised as one of the best in the world over the last few seasons.

Hoop fans can take solace in the fact that despite their crushing opening defeat to PSG on Matchday one of the tournament in Glasgow, the French side were able to dismantle Bayern in similar fashion, winning the game in Paris 3-0.

After the impressive 0-3 victory in Brussels, the Bhoys placed one foot firmly in European football beyond Christmas, so any sort of result in the two games against the German giants and the remaining fixture against PSG in Paris can be seen as an added bonus to what has already been a decent European campaign for the Scottish treble winners.

Injuries

Brendan Rodgers without influential skipper Scott Brown for the weekends victory over Dundee at Celtic Park, along with Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong, however all three are expected to be fit to take part in Germany. Bayern aren’t without their own issues, with the recent news that Javier Martinez is unlikely to take part mounting to their injury list which notably includes stalwarts such as Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery. Arturo Vidal, Bayern's combative Chilean midfielder is also a serious doubt...


Hurdles for the Hoops

Celtic looking strong after tough run of games


A win at Ibrox, followed by an emphatic victory in Belgium, then rounded off with a 2-2 draw at home saw Celtic complete a run of three potentially tough matches in this early stage of the season.


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The first major Glasgow derby of the season saw Brendan Rodgers take his side to Ibrox on 23rd September, with second half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths being enough to ensure victory. Enjoying the majority of possession and chances created, Celtic looked like a team destined to win this derby. Despite going in goalless at half time, the first half saw a number of chances for the Hoops. Despite probing the Rangers defence several times, no man in green and white was able to find the net.


However, in the 49th minute, a cleared Celtic corner fell to Patrick Roberts, who saw his effort on goal bounce through the defence, falling to Rogic, who quickly snatched at the chance and dispatched the ball into the roof of the net, sending the Celtic fans wild. The home side's best chance of equalising came on the hour mark, when an Alfredo Morelos header was blocked by a fantastic reaction save from Craig...


The Celtic support has been nominated for a FIFA award, largely helped by the displays and emphatic support of the Green Brigade. Click on the link below to vote:

http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/fan-award/
Dark Blues brushed aside

The Betfred Cup holders seen off a hard working Dundee side without reaching 2nd gear in a physical battle with Neil McCann's team at Dens Park. Celtic's winning mentality and patient approach in the game, added to the quality of in-form wingers Scott Sinclair and James Forrest took them into their 4th straight semi-final in the Scottish League cup.

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League Cup quarter-final
Dens Park, Dundee
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


DUNDEE…0


CELTIC…4
(Sinclair 24, Forrest 42, 92, McGregor 87)

It was a repeat scoreline from the weekend as the invincibles racked up another 4 goals and a clean sheet in what proved to be a routine victory for the Glasgow side. The home team gave it their all to stop the Celtic players breaking through them, but Scott Sinclair showed great technique and skill to drive into the opposition box where he drew a foul from Jack Hendry to win, and subsequently score, a penalty kick halfway through the first half.

It was...
Heartbreak

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UEFA Champions League
Celtic Park, Glasgow
12 Sep 2017
Celtic found themselves on cloud nine after qualifying for the Champions League group stages, for the second successive season under Brendan Rodgers. The prestige and financial benefits of the competition are well known, so the early European qualifiers have become a vital part of the season for the club. Tonight, Celtic's faithful supporters were brought back down to Earth with an unforgiving smack.

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The trio of Mbappe, Cavani and £200m Neymar showed why Paris Saint-Germain are one of the favourites to win the entire tournament this season, with Cavani scoring two and Neymar and Mbappe grabbing one each. Their movement going forward and ability to create space is the envy of most football clubs around the world. Unfortunately for Celtic, PSG have quality throughout their squad, with Celtic's front three often finding themselves frustrated as they struggled to break through the Parisian defence.

The match opened with Paris Saint-Germain dominating possession, Celtic struggling to get out of their own half and young Anthony Ralston facing a baptism of fire against the most expensive player in football history. It is worth noting that Neymar cost much more than Celtic have spent on transfer fees in their entire history. If that doesn't highlight how...​