Much of the team picks itself tomorrow. Hart, Juranovic, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, McGregor, Jota and Kyogo. Ange Postecoglou has to decide whether to play Abada or Maeda on the wing, and who from O’Riley, Hatate and Turnbull will miss out.
I expect O’Riley and Hatate to get the nod. If Abada also starts, that would mean, from the side that won this fixture in February, the only change would be Kyogo for Giakoumakis.
Whomever we start with, we know to expect a game in parts; one line-up for the first hour or so, with a significantly changed look for the remainder of the game.
Newco are likely to go with the team that won in Eindhoven, with the exception of injured Tom Lawrence. By my measure, they will have three who have never been to Celtic Park before, as well as the keeper, who only played there once, for Hearts. A partisan +59,000 support in attendance can ensure they feel a long way from home.
How the game is officiated is a worry. The decision Newco got while tied at 0-0 with Ross County last week may inhibit the chances of a similar act tomorrow. Better to have them get away with such a glaring one when the stakes are lower.
No matter how good you think Celtic are playing right now, Newco are in the Champions League group stage because they know how to get the job done. We are facing a Champions League team and will need a rocking Celtic Park to get the job done.