Europa League action returns this week as Celtic travel to Denmark to face FC Copenhagen in the Round of 32.
The Hoops have been a force to be reckoned with since returning from their winter break in Dubai, winning all nine of their games with impressive performances along the way.
Sunday’s 2-1 win up at Pittodrie was one of the hardest fought this year, as the Dons put in an impressive defensive performance and the weather conditions were far from ideal for the Hoops’ free-flowing style of football.
The grit and determination to grind out a result, however, proved why Celtic are champions and perhaps the resilient performance came at the perfect time.
Thursday’s opponents have recently come back from their own winter break, albeit a much lengthier two month stint off, but returned to action with a defeat to Superliga relegation battlers Esbjerg at the weekend.
Celtic can’t read too much into thqt result though, as Copenhagen will fancy their chances at home and will be looking to still be in the tie at Celtic Park.
Ahead of the game, we’ve taken a look at the key battles that could determine the game in Denmark’s capital later this evening
ZECA AND SCOTT BROWN
Both of these players are powerful, commanding leaders of their sides, so this is sure to be an intriguing battle.
Both are so important to their sides, either in terms breaking down an opposition attack or instigating an attacking move for their team.
DAME N'DOYE AND CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN
The veteran striker may be ageing, but he’s still Copenhagen’s biggest threat in front of goal.
Jullien has been superb in Europe and will need to be at the top of his game to keep the experienced Senegalese forward quiet.
CALLUM MCGREGOR AND JENS STAGE
This battle depends on what formation Lennon goes with.
Stage could be facing an attacking-minded Callum McGregor or perhaps the influential Ryan Christie.
No matter who it is, he’ll need to keep an eye on Celtic’s counter-attack kings.
ODSONNE EDOUARD AND SOTIRIOS PAPAGIANNOPOULOS
Edouard is so important in these European fixtures, even when he isn’t scoring.
It’ll be interesting to see if Lennon goes with two up top or goes solely with French Eddy, whatever the case, the Greek centre half will need tobe at his best keep him at bay.