* BRENDAN RODGERS’ only official international appearances came with Northern Ireland in a European Under-16 Championship tie against the-then East Germany in 1988/89, drawing 0-0 at home and losing 3-1 away.

* ANDREAS THOM was signed by Tommy Burns for £2.2million from Bayer Leverkusen in July 1995. The striker scored 14 goals in 70 league appearances before quitting three years later to return to Germany with Hertha Berlin.csm_57715-andreas_thom_c1c142932b
* ANDY HINKEL played for VfB Stuttgart against Celtic in their UEFA Cup run to Seville in 2003. He moved from the Germans to Spain with Sevilla in 2006 before joining the Hoops in a £1.9million deal two years later. He left in 2011 for SC Freiburg.
* NEIL WATT, who was signed from Celtic Boys’ Club by Billy McNeill in 1979, was tipped for Scotland honours. The central defender could also have played for Germany – he was born in Hanover in September 1962 of Scottish parents. He left Parkhead for Forfar in 1980.
• CELTIC’S Belgian back-up keeper Logan Bailly was at at Borussia Monchengladbach from 2009 to 2012, making 61 Bundesliga appearances.

* OSCAR WENDT was on the subs’ bench when FC Copenhagen lost 1-0 at Parkhead in the 2006/07 Champions League group stage, playing 90 minutes in the Danish side’s 3-1 success in the return fixture.
* KOLO TOURE made his European debut as a substitute in Arsenal 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund in September 2002. He scored his first Champions League goal against Bayern Münich in the Gunners’ 3-1 away defeat in the 2004/05 round of 16.* SCOTT SINCLAIR made his only Champions League appearance for Manchester City in a 1-0 defeat at Dortmund in the 2012/13 group stage.

• CHRISTOPH KRAMER appeared as a 92nd-minute substitute in Germany’s 3-2 victory at Hampden Park in a 2016 qualifier against a Scotland side including Scott Brown and James Forrest.* GLADBACH vice-president Rainer Bonhof was Scotland’s Under-21 coach between 2002 and 2005.

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