Celtic welcome Ferencvaros to Celtic Park in a crunch clash at the foot of Group G in 2021-22 Europa League.
Both teams enter this match without a single point after two matches meaning that Celtic can climb above their Hungarian opposition into third with a win, whereas Ferencvaros can stay third and move to within three points of league leaders, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Betis with a win.
Josip Juranovic is ruled out for Celtic with a hamstring injury.
Mikey Johnston is set to be in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury but James Forrest (knock) and Christopher Julien (knee) won’t be risked until fully match fit, despite both players having returned to first-team training.
Greg Taylor (shoulder), James Forrest (knock) and Karamoko Dembele (ankle) remain absent.
Ferencvaros have no fresh injury concerns to report as David Siger remains absent with a knee injury.
- Celtic lost their only previous meeting against Ferencvaros – losing 2-1 in Second Qualifying Round of last season’s UEFA Champions League (UCL).
- Ferencvaros won their only previous visit to Celtic Park in last season’s 2-1 win in UCL Second Qualifying Round.
- Celtic have won six of seven previous home matches against all Hungarian opposition (W6, L1), with their only loss coming against Ferencvaros last season.
- Ferencvaros have lost just one of three previous away visits to Scottish opposition in all UEFA competitions (W2, L1).
- Celtic have won their only previous match refereed by Jakob Kehlet – beating Estonia’s Nomme Kaliju 5-0 at home in July 2019.
Having lost both of their two opening group matches in which they conceded four goals apiece in both games, Celtic certainly need a huge improvement defensively if they’re to reignite any hopes of qualifying for the knockouts.
Ferencvaros meanwhile also have their own defensive issues after poor man marking and reactions proved costly in their 3-1 home loss to Real Betis, although their pressing did catch Betis out at times which offers them some confidence coming into this match.
Add in a mid-afternoon kick-off which will mean lower crowd atmosphere then this could well boil down to whoever defends best and is clinical up front, which makes me lean towards a draw but Celtic should have the edge given their home form against Hungarian opposition.
Prediction: Celtic 2-1 Ferencvaros
Result: Celtic 2-0 Ferencvaros