Celtic will be aiming to book their place in the Europa League group stage on Thursday when they welcome Suduva to Glasgow for the second leg of their play-off tie.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, which took place in Lithuania last week, and the expectation is that they will finish the job at Celtic Park.
However, despite boasting an away goal and home advantage in the second leg, the Scottish champions cannot afford to take anything for granted, having already tasted Champions League elimination.
The financial blow of missing out on a place at the top table of European football will be softened somewhat with a win, which will ensure lucrative continental games until winter at least.
|Game||Celtic vs Suduva Marijampole|
|Date||Thursday, August 30|
|Time||8pm BST / 3pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US) the game will be not be shown live on television, but it is available to stream live online outside of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland via Celtic TV.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the UK, the game is not available to watch live on television, nor can it be streamed live online, but you can follow live updates with Goal, here.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen|
|Defenders||J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell|
|Midfielders||Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Rogic, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku, Kouassi|
|Forwards||Griffiths, Dembele, Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison|
The return to full fitness of Odsonne Edouard is a boost for Celtic, with the striker recovering from a hamstring injury which kept him out of the last four games.
Dedryk Boyata featured in the league victory over Hamilton Academicals at the weekend, scoring the winner, and he may play a part in the game despite being at odds with the club over his future.
Potential Celtic XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer; Tierney, Forrest, Brown, McGregor, Ntcham; Dembele, Edouard.
|Goalkeepers||Kardum, Aleksandrov-Ridley, Stebrys|
|Defenders||Cinikas, Gaiduchik, Isoda, Svrljuga, Zivanovic, Slavickas, Jankauskas|
|Midfielders||Leimonas, Matulevicius, Cadjenovic, Acevedo, Verbickas, Guilherme, Vezevicius, Offenbacher|
|Forwards||Kasparavicius, Topcagic, Cicilia|
A number of players, including Jovan Cadjenovic, Aleksandar Zivanovic and Vitali Gaidechik, as well as manager Vladimir Ceburin, faced visa issues ahead of the game, but all four will be present.
Potential Suduva XI: Kardum; Slavickas, Jankauskas, Gaiduchik, Svrljuga; Guilherme, Leimonas, Vezevicius, Cadjenovic, Verbickas; Cicilia.
Betting & Match Odds
Celtic are strong favourites to come out on top at home, with bet365 offering odds of 1/10 on a Bhoys victory. Suduva are considered a 20/1 bet to win, while a draw, which could see either side progress, is 8/1.
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Having started the season so strongly Celtic have endured a rough patch over the past month, which has seen them suffer defeat to Hearts in the league as well as Champions League elimination at the hands of AEK Athens.
Inconsistent results on the pitch have combined with unrest off it, as a number of players agitate for moves away from Celtic Park, but Rodgers can begin to settle that issue by ensuring the club takes their place in the Europa League group stage.
“It’s important for us to have European football at least through to Christmas,” the former Liverpool boss said ahead of the game. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to play against really good teams and work against very good managers and to develop.
“We have a great opportunity to finish the job at home and go into a prestigious tournament for us which is important.”
The Bhoys have shown some vulnerability in Europe in recent weeks and, just as they did in the Champions League against AEK Athens, they squandered an early lead against Suduva in the first leg to allow the Lithuanians hope heading into the game in Glasgow.
With home support behind them in the second leg, Celtic will need to rise to the occasion as they attempt to avoid further embarrassment and salvage their contintental campaign.