Ange's bold but dangerous plan for Leverkusen revealed

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou

Celtic welcome German giants, Bayer Leverkusen, to Parkhead tonight looking to register three points in their first home tie of the campaign.

Leverkusen arrive in Glasgow in fine form, having lost only once this season - to Borussia Dortmund - and currently sit second in the Bundesliga behind champions Bayern Munich.

In Matchday 1 the BayArena side managed a 2-1 victory at home to Ferencvaros, despite going behind early on in the tie. And it was former Celtic fan favourite, Jeremie Frimpong, who played an integral role in the comeback with two assists on the night, as the Germans dominated possession with a passing accuracy of 91%.

Celtic's recent form, on the other hand, makes for less impressive reading, as Postecoglou's men have stuttered since a disappointing defeat on derby day in Glasgow. Their own performance in Matchday 1 against Betis; when they raced into a two-goal lead before conceding two goals in quick succession, twice, will have given them as much encouragement as worry as they welcome the group's top seeds.

However, the Celtic gaffer was as steadfast as ever talking about his team's approach when speaking to Celtic TV:

“Obviously you want to get a positive result and play well, but I think for us, the most important thing is to test our football, and test us, as a group, against the very best in Europe. It’s certainly going to be that on Thursday night.
They’re a quality opponent, and we’ll go out there with the same intention that we did against Betis away; go at them, try and be aggressive and attacking."

Postecoglou continued:

“With the crowd behind us, hopefully we can create something special.”
60SecondCelts view:

It should be no surprise to Celtic fans that Ange is not swaying from his directive of implementing his aggressive and attacking style of football for every match.

What's interesting is that Leverkusen, on paper, are by far the stiffest challenge that this new look and injury-ravaged Celtic side have faced this season, at the time the club is suffering its worst run of form since the opening games of the competitive campaign.

Celtic's home form had been imperious up until last weekend's draw with Dundee United and Ange is clearly in the mood for his team to put on a show as he manages the first home European Group stage match of his managerial career.

The key to a positive result tonight will have as much to do with our defence as it does our attack. No matter what, each and every player in a Celtic jersey will have to be in top form to celebrate another famous night of European football at Parkhead.

What are your predictions on the game? Let us know in the comments below.