Celtic v Barcelona: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Champions League fixture at Celtic Park

Arguably the greatest team on the planet come to Scotland tonight in what is the standout home fixture in a glamourous group of death for Celtic.

While the visit of Barca would have most teams hoping for something short of total embarrassment, the Hoops can afford to be a little more optimistic. The sides met at this stage of the competition last season and Celtic won 2-1. Goals from Victor Wanyama and teenager Tony Watt saw Rod Stewart have the night of his life (which is saying something).

The goalscorer for Barcelona on that incredible night was Lionel Messi, and if Celtic were already optimistic they could upset the odds again, the fact the world's greatest player is missing through injury will buoy the Buoys.

Somewhat unlucky to lose their opening game away at AC Milan, Neil Lennon will know that in a group that also includes Ajax, points at home are essential. They don't come tougher than this though.

Follow live coverage of Tuesday's Champions League action, including Arsenal v Napoli, Celtic v Barcelona and Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea

 

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm

 

PAST MEETINGS…

Celtic 2 (Wanyama, Watt) Barcelona 1 (Messi), Champions League, group stage, November 2012

Barcelona 2 (Iniesta, Alba) Celtic 1 (Samaras), Champions League, group stage, October 2012

Barcelona 1 Celtic 0, Champions League, knock-out phase, March 2008

Celtic 2 (Hesselink, Robson) Barcelona 3 (Messi 2, Henry), knock-out phase, February 2008

 

STATS…

Barcelona recorded their seventh league win in as many games at the weekend - making it their best ever league start.

Barcelona have not won an away game in the Champions League in three attempts.

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Ajax in Barcelona's most recent Champions League game - it was his fourth in Europe's top competition.

Celtic are unbeaten in the league this season, but their two full cup games this season have ended in defeat, including against Scottish Championship side Morton.

 

ODDS…

Celtic win: 9.4

Barcelona win: 1.41

Draw: 5.2

 

TV: Live on ITV at 7.45pm, highlights on ITV at 10.35pm.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there