Celtic take on FC Copenhagen this evening underneath the Paradise lights as they look to advance into the last 16 of the Europa League.
Neil Lennon’s side grabbed a crucial away goal in the Danish capital through Odsonne Edouard, before the hosts equalised through their own target-man, Dame N’Doye.
It was a game of two halves, one Celtic should’ve perhaps put to bed in the opening 45. However, a 1-1 scoreline still means the Hoops go into the second-leg with an advantage.
Celtic of the past have struggled domestically after travelling in Europe, but there was no hangover for the Hoops at the weekend as they put in an outstanding performance against Kilmarnock despite going a goal down.
Goals from Kris Ajer and the ever-impressive striking duo, Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, contributed to the ideal preparation for tonight’s return leg.
FC Copenhagen’s fortunes were almost the polar opposite. They lost yet more ground on runaway Superliga leaders, FC Midtjylland, who are captained by former Celt, Erik Sviatchenko, as they drew 1-1 with bottom of the league, Silkeborg.
It’s the biggest game of the season so far for both sides and if it’s anything like the first-leg it’ll be a tough run out for the Bhoys.
We take a look at the key battles, where the game could be won on Thursday.
Mikkel Kaufmann and Christopher Jullien
Copenhagen need to score, it’s that simple.
The youngster was a substitute last week and impressed when he came on, showing his strength in the air particularly.
Another massive European night for Jullien, but this was what he was bought for.
Zeca and Scott Brown
Influential in the second-half last week, was at the heart of most of Copenhagen’s attacks.
Brown has been deemed fit, which is crucial. Not only his experience but his calmness and control in the middle of the park.
Odsonne Edouard and Victor Nelsson
The home defence struggled against Edouard in the Danish capital but Nelsson looked the most comfortable.
They struggled with his pace and movement and Thursday could be twice as difficult as Griffiths may well start as well.
Callum McGregor and Jens Stage
With Ryan Christie suspended, McGregor could be allowed to advance more freely.
His work rate and form surpasses expectations every week.
Stage missed the crucial penalty last week and will be looking to put things right.