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Europa Nights -Celtic v Cluj Match Preview

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3 October 2019

Celtic have the chance for revenge on Thursday in the Europa League. Romanian champions CFR Cluj return to Celtic Park having knocked out the hoops in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.

 

Having won 4-3 at Celtic Park in August, Cluj will be looking to silence Paradise once again however they face a different Celtic team to the one that night.

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Celtic, up until last weekend when we had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Hibs, have been in great form. Lessons have been learned from the Cluj game, in which Calum McGregor will probably not be forced to play left back ever again. Johnny Hayes has come in when required, scoring at Ibrox, while Bolingoli and Jullien have found the form which made Celtic purchase them.

 

Neil Lennon’s men will enter the arena hungry to show the Romanians what Celtic are all about.

 

Both teams started the Europa League campaign with good results, Celtic drawing 1-1 against Rennes in France, a game in which they had plenty of possession and could have won. On the same night, Lazio visited Romania where Cluj beat them 2-1.

 

Both teams will be confident which could see a good game. It might also mean we can expose Cluj on the counter as I feel they will come looking to win.

 

Prediction:

Celtic 3-1 Cluj

Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.

He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.

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