Celtic vs Jablonec match preview: Everything you need to know


Celtic celebrate vs Jablonec

A capacity crowd at Parkhead will watch Celtic's Europa League third round qualifier second leg tie against FK Jablonec. The Hoops lead 4-2 after the first leg and Big Ange will be looking for a repeat of his sides last home performance, where they scored six without reply against Dundee.


After the result in the first leg in the Czech Republic, I made a bold claim that I didn't believe Celtic fans would witness a clean sheet at home this calendar year. Despite that claim backfiring massively as I sit here writing this preview with a huge smattering of proverbial egg on my face, I couldn't be happier in the fashion that I was proved spectacularly wrong.


Celtic were in inspired form at the weekend and it was their defending from the front, led by everyone's new favourite number 8, Kyogo Furuhashi, that set the tone for one of the most convincing Celtic performances in recent memory.


Now is not the time to get carried away however, the job against Jablonec is still only 50% complete and another ruthless performance from the boys in green is required.


I expect Celtic to start strong with Furuhashi leading the line with the sole purpose of putting this match beyond Jablonec early, giving Postecoglou the ability to rest a few pairs of legs in preparation for a busy few weeks ahead, which includes a Glasgow derby.


Team news


Odsonne Edouard limped off the pitch in a game of 'warm-down fives' on Sunday and is also subject to transfer speculation from Premier League clubs (Brighton and Southampton) but he is available. As is James McCarthy, but the fixture could come to soon for him as he tries to increase his fitness levels to match the rest of the squad.


Christopher Jullien (knee) and Leigh Griffiths (calf) will both sit out as they nurse their respective injuries.


Celtic vs Jablonec Team News

One eye on the playoff round


A home fixture against Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar next Thursday 19th is the reward for the winners. Ange Postecoglou will be hoping to do exactly as his new captain, Callum McGregor, desires:


"We want to enjoy the atmosphere, give the supporters a good performance and finish the job."

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