Celtic welcome Sparta Prague to Celtic Park in a crunch Group H clash in 2020-21 UEFA Europa League.
Victory for Celtic could see them climb to second but a defeat would see them drop to last place in the group, whilst a draw would all but damage any serious hopes for both Celtic and Sparta of qualifying for the knockouts.
Kristoffer Ajer is ruled out for Celtic with groin injury which kept him out of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen.
James Forrest (ankle), Mikey Johnston (knee) and Christopher Jullien (back) are also absent.
Sparta Prague have no fresh injury concerns to report.
- This is Celtic’s first-ever meeting against Sparta Prague in all competitions.
- Celtic have won their only previous home match against Czech Republic opposition, defeating Dukla Prague in semi-finals of 1966-67 European Cup (W1).
- Sparta Prague have won two of three previous away matches against Scottish opposition (W2, L1).
Celtic in the past week finally showed their attacking quality which has been missing for much of this season with solid performances against Lille then Aberdeen, which is a positive given how crucial this clash now is to their knockout qualification hopes.
Sparta meanwhile come here with seven goals conceded in their first two Europa games which will be a confidence boost for Celtic because if they can get that first goal early, I think they should be able to kick on and record an important win.
Prediction: Celtic 3-0 Sparta Prague
Result: Celtic 1-4 Sparta Prague