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Celtic bid to inflict fresh Glasgow woe on Gladbach

10 Oct

Celtic FC and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach will both try again for a first victory in UEFA Champions League Group C when they meet in Glasgow on matchday two.

Previous meetings
• The teams’ solitary past encounter was a Celtic Park friendly on 27 July 2013, Gladbach prevailing 2-1 through goals by Granit Xhaka and Branimir Hrgota. Anthony Stokes was Celtic’s scorer.

• The line-ups were:
Celtic: Załuska, Fisher, Mouyokolo, Ambrose (Mulgrew 46), Waters (Matthews 63); Herron (Henderson 68), Brown (Stokes 46), McGregor (Ledley 63), Commons (McGeouch 46); Balde (Atajić 81), Watt.
Gladbach: Ter Stegen, Korb (Jantschke 70), Stranzl, Domínguez (Brouwers 70), Daems (Wendt 70), Kramer, Xhaka (Nordtveit 62), Rupp (Herrmann 62), Younes (Hrgota 62), Raffael, Kruse (De Jong 70).

Match background

• Celtic will look to build on an encouraging 3-3 draw with Manchester City FC on matchday two – a positive response to their opening 7-0 defeat at FC Barcelona.

• With their draw against City, Celtic are on a four-match unbeaten run at home in this term’s UEFA Champions League following wins over Lincoln FC (3-0), FC Astana (2-1) and Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (5-2) in qualifying. 

• Celtic have failed to score in their last two home matches against German opponents: 0-1 v Hamburger SV in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage and 0-0 v FC Bayern München in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Overall, they are on a five-match winless streak against Bundesliga clubs. Paul Lambert, Shaun Maloney and Stiliyan Petrov scored when Celtic last overcame German opposition – 3-1 at home against VfB Stuttgart in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Celtic’s home record against German visitors is W3 D2 L4.

• This tie brings Gladbach back to the city where they endured their heaviest European defeat – an 8-0 reverse at Ibrox against Rangers FC in the 1960/61 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.

• André Schubert’s men are still without a Group C point after losing at Manchester City (0-4) and at home against Barcelona (1-2).

• Gladbach won at BSC Young Boys in the play-offs (3-1), though their last away victory in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League proper was a 3-0 triumph at FK Crvena zvezda on 19 October 1977.

• They last visited Scotland in UEFA competition in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup when they drew 1-1 at Rangers in the third round (won on away goals) and 0-0 at Dundee United FC in the semi-finals (0-2 aggregate defeat).

• Their overall record in Scotland is W1 D2 L3.

Coach and player links
• Brendan Rodgers’ only official international appearances as a player came with Northern Ireland in a UEFA European Under-16 Championship tie against the German Democratic Republic in 1988/89 (0-0 h, 1-3 a).

• Logan Bailly was at Gladbach from 2009 to 2012, making 61 Bundesliga appearances.

• Oscar Wendt was on the bench when FC København lost 1-0 at Celtic in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League group stage, playing 90 minutes in the Danish side’s 3-1 success in the return fixture.

• Kolo Touré made his European debut as a substitute in Arsenal FC’s 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund in September 2002. He scored his first UEFA Champions League goal against FC Bayern München in Arsenal’s 3-1 away defeat in the 2004/05 round of 16.

• Scott Sinclair made his only UEFA Champions League appearance for Manchester City in a 1-0 defeat at Dortmund in the 2012/13 group stage.

• Christoph Kramer appeared as a 92nd-minute substitute in Germany’s 3-2 victory at Hampden Park in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against a Scotland side including Scott Brown and James Forrest. 

• Kieran Tierney made his international debut against Andreas Christensen’s Denmark in a 1-0 Scotland home friendly win in March. Also playing were Brown, Craig Gordon and Leigh Griffiths (Scotland) and Nicolai Sviatchenko (Denmark).

• With the United States, Fabian Johnson beat Cristian Gamboa’s Costa Rica (4-0) in the 2016 Copa America group stage; Emilio Izaguirre’s Honduras (1-0) in a 2014 FIFA World Cup home qualifier; and Brown’s Scotland (5-1) in a 2012 friendly.

• Jannik Vestergaard hit the equaliser in Denmark’s 2-2 home draw with Mikael Lustig’s Sweden in the second leg of their UEFA EURO 2016 play-off (agg 3-4).

• International team-mates:
Nicolai Sviatchenko & Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard (Denmark)
Mikael Lustig & Oscar Wendt (Sweden)

• Gladbach vice-president Rainer Bonhof was Scotland’s Under-21 coach between 2002 and 2005.

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