CELTIC supporters have been warned not to use the Istanbul Metro on Thursday after a pipe bomb exploded near a station.
Five people were injured near Bayrampasa subway station on Istanbul’s European side on Tuesday, nine days before the Hoops face Fenerbahce in their final Europa League game.
Foreign Office advice to travelling fans has been issued which states: “Istanbul police advise against using the Metro. Alternative bus lines are available.”
The statement also encourages supporters to avoid any demonstrations and “try not to travel alone to the stadium and avoid displaying Celtic flags/shirts in public places”.
Meanwhile Scotland assistant manager Stuart McCall reckons it is far too easy to score against Celtic these days.
And the ex-Ibrox caretaker boss, who last season failed to get the new club through the play-offs, believes the Hoops are missing two influential players in the middle of the rearguard that has leaked 11 goals in the Europa League and 12 in the Premiership. (McCall’s Rangers side lost 6 in 2 games against Motherwell in those play-offs and he lost his job).
McCall said: “Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer were key men last season, but, of course, they have moved on.
“The defence has struggled and just look at Caley Thistle’s goal at the weekend, for instance. It was a little bit soft.
“It was a great first touch from goalscorer Miles Sorey, I’ve got to say. But it was right down the middle, through the heart of the defence.
“Celtic tried to play a little bit of football around the halfway line and got caught.
“It was like a knife through butter. One simple pass, a great touch to get away from the two centre-halves, Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic.
“And then the ball’s in the net. It was too easy.”
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