Celtic bid to inflict fresh Glasgow woe on Gladbach
Monday, 10 October 2016
Borussia Mönchengladbach are back in the city where they suffered their heaviest European defeat as they visit a Celtic side also eyeing a first victory in Group C.
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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 three.
• 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), Baldé (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).
• 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 Erik 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:
Sviatchenko & Christensen, Vestergaard (Denmark)
Lustig & Wendt (Sweden)
• Gladbach vice-president Rainer Bonhof was Scotland's Under-21 coach between 2002 and 2005.
• Celtic are 21 matches unbeaten at home (W18 D3) dating back to 19 December 2015 and a 2-1 loss to Motherwell FC. They beat Motherwell 2-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday.
• Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Celtic's European Cup triumph started at the weekend with visual tributes being erected of Jock Stein's famous Lisbon Lions side who beat FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 in the 1967 final.
• Moussa Dembélé has scored 15 goals in his last 17 games for club and country.
• Dembélé marked his France U21 debut with a goal and an assist in a 5-1 friendly victory over Georgia on 6 October. Six days later the 20-year-old was on the scoresheet again in a 3-0 win in Northern Ireland in U21 EURO qualifying. He also struck against Motherwell.
• Tierney, 19, made his first competitive start for Scotland in their 3-0 defeat by Slovakia on 11 October.
• Patrick Roberts scored against the Netherlands U20s as England won the Four Nations Tournament, a friendly competition also featuring Germany and the United States.
• Lustig scored Sweden's only goal against Luxembourg in the European Qualifiers on 7 October, but also picked up a knee injury which ruled him out of the Bulgaria match three days later.
• Sinclair registered in each of his first six league games for the club before Dundee FC kept him out on 1 October. Celtic won 1-0.
• Gladbach have gone four games without an away win, losing three of them. They have conceded 12 in the process, scoring two.
• The Foals have lost four of their last eight matches home and away.
• Schubert's average of 1.9 points per Bundesliga game from his first 12 months at the helm is the best record of any Mönchengladbach coach. He signed a new contract on 27 September, tying him to the club until 2019.
• Raffael is struggling with a hamstring injury sustained against Barcelona.
• Tobias Strobl has missed Gladbach's last four games with a hamstring injury but was on the bench for Saturday's 0-0 draw with Hamburger SV.
• Mamadou Doucouré's debut for Gladbach will have to wait until 2017 because of a long-term thigh injury.
• Gladbach had won 11 successive home matches before going down 2-1 against Barcelona on matchday two.