Manchester City travel to Glasgow for their 2nd group game in the Champions League, where they will be facing a Celtic side managed by Brendon Rodgers. City are on a record breaking run of 10 consecutive wins and will equal another record of their own if they manage to defeat the Bhoys. They started off their European campaign with a bang, smashing 4 past a Borussia Monchengladbach outfit who had no answer Pep’s high-intensity tactics. With a double header against Barca after this match, the Sky Blues will dearly want to have another 3 points on the board before Pep faces off against the team he transformed into world beaters.
Celtic, on the other hand, started off on a disappointing note, losing disastrously to Barcelona who put 7 past them. Brendan Rodgers will be wary of giving too much respect to their opponents anymore and will ask his troops to play their natural game. City are expected to dominate but they will certainly won’t find things as easy as many are expecting.
The Celtic manager has only one major absentee in goalkeeper Dorus De Vries, who can’t play through an injury.
The biggest name missing will be Kevin De Bruyne who has suffered a muscle tear which will keep him out for around 3 weeks. Vincent Kompany will be the other big name missing after suffering groin fatigue and is in Barcelona along with his Belgian teammate to recuperate. Fabian Delph and Angus Gunn will be missing with injury.
Gordon; Lustig, Touré, Šimunović, Tierney; Forrest, Brown; Bitton, Sinclair, Rogic; Dembélé
MANCHESTER CITY (4-1-4-1)
Bravo; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho; Sterling, Gündoğan, Silva, Nolito; Agüero.
The former Swansea and Manchester City man has been tremendous for the Hoops this season and has already scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists since the beginning of the season. He will be desperate to prove a point against the team, where he could not make an impression. Reunited with his former boss, he will look to be a thorn in the bush for the City defenders.
The usual name under this column edging ahead of a bevy of City stars who have the ability to stand out on their day. The Argentine has astonishingly scored two hat-tricks in 2 Champions League matches and has proven to be impossible to stop. The Celtic defence will have their hands full trying to cope with him.