Borussia Monchengladbach v Celtic: Where to watch, kick-off time, likely line-ups

Andre Hahn, left, puts in a challenge on Erik Sviatchenko during the match at Celtic Park two weeks ago. Picture: SNSAndre Hahn, left, puts in a challenge on Erik Sviatchenko during the match at Celtic Park two weeks ago. Picture: SNS
Andre Hahn, left, puts in a challenge on Erik Sviatchenko during the match at Celtic Park two weeks ago. Picture: SNS

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After the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Celtic Park last time around, Brendan Rodgers' side will likely require all three points from their trip to Germany if they're to have any hopes of finishing third, thereby securing qualification for the Europa League and European football after Christmas.

Unfortunately they’ll be going against a Gladbach side with aspirations of their own. A win for the hosts and defeat for Manchester City against Barcelona would put the Germans two points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side in second place with two games remaining.

Here’s everything you need to know about tomorrow’s game...

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Kick-off time: 7.45pm

Where to watch: BT Sport/ESPN (programme starts at 7pm)

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Likely Gladbach team: Sommer; Wendt, Elvedi, Vestergaard, Korb; Strobl, Kramer; Hofmann, Stindl, Traore; Hahn. Subs from: Sippel, Jantschke, Dahoud, Herrmann, Schulz, Sow, Rutten, Raffael, Drmic, Johnson, Hazard.

Unavailable: Andreas Christensen is out injured.

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Team news: After both Raffael and Thorgan Hazard missed the clash at Celtic Park through injury, the pair are expected to return for tomorrow night’s meeting.

Likely Celtic team: Gordon; Gamboa, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre; Bitton, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Dembele. Subs from: De Vries, O’Connell, Boyata, Griffiths, Armstrong, Roberts, McGregor, Ciftci, Christie, Henderson

Unavailable: Kieran Tierney and Kolo Toure are out injured. Leigh Griffiths has an illness, while Jozo Simunovic will be rested. Kris Commons and Efe Ambrose are not included in Celtic’s squad.

Team news: Tierney is set to miss the next two months after damaging ligaments in his ankle. The youngster was deputised by Emilio Izaguirre in Saturday’s win over Aberdeen. Mikael Lustig and Erik Sviatchenko are likely to start in central defence after it was announced neither Toure nor Simunovic travelled with the squad.

Referee: Manuel De Sousa (Portugal)

Key Gladbach player: Lars Stindl was excellent in the first match, operating between the attack and midfield and inserting himself at the heart of the action. He even managed to score the opening goal. It will be imperative for Celtic’s chances that they are able to limit his impact in the away fixture.

Key Celtic player: Scott Sinclair. Celtic need a victory but it’s unlikely the away side will do most of the attacking in this fixture. They’ll need to stay compact, dare Gladbach to break them down, and look to do their damage on the counter. Sinclair, with his dribbling ability, movement off the ball and raw pace, will represent the greatest threat.

Last meeting: The match at Celtic Park two weeks ago was the first time ever the club’s have met in a competitive fixture. The Germans ran out 2-0 winners.

Odds: Gladbach 1/2, Draw 18/5, Celtic 6/1

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What Gladbach are saying: “We have a very good defensive structure to our game, and have kept clean sheets in most of our last five games. That is a positive, but we’re lacking a bit of creativity going forward. We’re missing a few key players, and we’re playing every three days at the moment.” (Andre Schubert)

What Celtic are saying: “If we can get everything right on the night as we did against Manchester City, we believe we can be a match for anyone. We believe we can do it in every game if we get enough of our players playing at the top of their game. If we do that, we’ll match sides, although it’s easier said than done.” (Craig Gordon)