European football returns for the first time in two months as Celtic prepare to host Spanish giants Valencia on Thursday night.
It will be their first European tie since qualifying for the knockout stages in dramatic fashion back in December.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have enjoyed a successful start to 2019 so far, with seven wins from seven in all competitions. They have also yet to concede a goal while scoring 21.
A Scott Sinclair hat-trick on Sunday helped the champions to a 5-0 hammering over St. Johnstone.
Their string of good performances have come at the right time as Thursday’s game fast approaches.
Valencia are one of seven teams who have dropped down into the Europa League after they finished third in their Champions League group behind Juventus and Manchester United.
They currently sit in eighth place in La Liga and have drawn their last three games.
Here is our Celtic predicted XI for Thursday’s Round of 32 first-leg.
GK: Scott Bain
Set to make his eighth appearance in a row for the Hoops. Will also be hoping to continue on his run without conceding a goal.
RB: Jeremy Toljan
Has provided good defensive cover and got forward frequently since coming in on loan. Seems to have displaced Mikael Lustig in the team.
CB: Dedryck Boyata
Made two appearances since returning from injury and is match fit. It’s good news to have him available for what will be a tough game.
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
The Norwegian is the next best option in defence after Filip Benkovic – who is out injured.
LB: Emilio Izaguirre
First-choice left-back Tierney remains sidelined with a hip injury, meaning the Honduran will likely come into the side.
Jonny Hayes did start at the weekend, although as it isn’t his natural position Rodgers may opt for Izzy.
CM: Scott Brown
The skipper has got off to a great start this year and looks back to his best. Scored a goal of the season contender after smashing it into the top corner. A similar goal on Thursday perhaps?
CM: Callum McGregor
The Scottish international is one of the most influential players we have in our squad. To cause Valencia any problems, this man will surely have to start.
CM: Ryan Christie
Christie will make up the Scottish trio in midfield. He has proved his talent this season and continues to contribute to the team week-in-week-out.
RW: James Forrest
Bagged two goals in his last two games. Remains first-choice for the right-wing spot.
LW: Scott Sinclair
His hat-trick on Sunday takes his tally this season to 16 goals. It would be a surprise not to see him start.
ST: Oliver Burke
Burke has quickly settled in since arriving on loan. His performance on Sunday only highlights his quality and what he brings to the team. Likely to start ahead of Odsonne Edouard and Timothy Weah given his form.