(Sporting Alert) — Manager Neil Lennon has decided to name the same starting side that faced AC Milan on Matchday one for tonight’s UEFA Champions League Group G game against Barcelona at Celtic Park.
The visitors lost the game 2-0, but impressed the manager at the San Siro and he has opted to return to that starting XI as he seek to upset the highly fancied Barcelona.
Georgios Samaras has been in good form recently for the Scottish champions and Lennon believes he will be a key figure in tonight’s game.
Barcelona will be without influential striker Lionel Messi, who has been ruled out of action with an injury for up to three weeks.
However, the likes of Neymar, Pedro and Cesc Fàbregas have all to the attributes to make up for the Messi’s absence.
Alexis Sanchez has been named on the bench, while Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets all start in midfield.
Celtic v Barcelona
Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons; Stokes.
Subs: Zaluska, Biton, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Kayal, Forrest.
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Bartra, Pique, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Fabregas, Pedro.
Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Dos Santos, Song, Sergi Roberto, Alexis Sanchez, Tello.