Celtic will host Bayern Munich at the Celtic Park in a game they need to secure a slot in the Round of 16. Celtic currently occupies the third spot in the Champions League Group B standings while their opponent, Bayern Munich is at number 2 position. A win for Celtic in the contest will ensure that the two teams tie in points, but the German giants will still be second in the group due to superior goal difference.

The Bavaria have gone through a tumultuous moment that saw the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti amidst poor performance. The German Bundesliga reigning champions will be hoping that Anderlecht stuns Paris Saint Germain in the other group match so that Jupp Heycknes men would match the points that the French giants have.

PSG currently top the group after winning all the three opening fixtures while Anderlecht of Belgium is at the rock bottom of the group with no points after losing all their opening three games.

Talking points

  • Celtic is among the six British clubs taking part in this season's Champions League competition. Other teams from Britain are; Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Liverpool. Celtic has participated in two Champions League finals where the Scotish side has been successful on one occasion.
  • Along with Liverpool and Barcelona, Bayern Munich has won the Champions League title five times with the last one coming in 2112/13. The Bavarians stunned the world to win the title a season after losing it at Allianz Arena to Chelsea in a penalty shootout.
  • It's a coincidence that all the Champions League matches that Bayern Munich has taken part in this season have ended in a scoreline of 3-0. Heycknes men opened the campaign with 3-0 loss to PSG in France before beating Anderlecht 3-0 at Allianz Arena. The German giants went ahead to beat Celtic 3-0 in their third game of the group.
  • Celtic has been a dominant side in the Scotish League after winning the title 40 times with the six crowns coming in the last six seasons. Bayern Munich has won the German Bundesliga hitting a record of 27 times, and the previous five titles occurred in the last five seasons.
  • The two sides have met three times where Bayern Munich has emerged victorious on two occasions with the remaining game ending in a draw. Seven of Bayern Munich last seven matches in Champions League have realized more than a total of three goals while five of the last Celtic's games in the same competition has seen a total of three goals on each occasion.

Team news

Brendan Rodgers will host the German champions without Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic, and Anthony Ralston who are all injured.

The hosts do not have any player serving a suspension, so the manager has the rest of the squad to choose his starting team from. Brendan Rodgers didn't start with Dedryck Boyata, Scot Sinclair, and Moussa Ndebele in the 1-1 draw at Kilmarnock because he was waiting for the European contest.

Jupp Heycknes will be without some key players who are nursing injuries including Franck Ribery Juan Bernat and Manuel Neuer.

Robert Lewandoski who scored in the 2-0 victory over RassenBallsport Leipzig at the weekend together with Thomas Mueller is doubtful for the match in Glasgow.

Full-time prediction: Celtic 1-3 Bayern Munich