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Celtic stirred by Bayern challenge

Bayern München were comfortable winners against Celtic in Germany and the Scottish champions need to improve their home form to turn the tables in Glasgow.

Bayern players after beating Celtic on matchday three
Bayern players after beating Celtic on matchday three ©Getty Images

Celtic FC will need to improve their European home form as FC Bayern München, who won 3-0 against the Scottish champions last time out, come to Glasgow.

• Brendan Rodgers' side have three points from their three Group B fixtures and are third in the section, three points behind their second-placed opponents. Celtic will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and leaders Paris Saint-Germain avoid defeat at home to bottom team RSC Anderlecht, who are without a point or a goal so far.

• Bayern were well beaten in Paris in their first Group B away fixture, but are second in the standings having won both home games 3-0. Should Jupp Heynckes' men win in Glasgow, they would secure a top-two finish provided Paris win or draw.

Previous meetings
• The clubs' only past encounters came in the 2003/04 group stage, when Bayern picked up four points from their two matches against Celtic.

• Bayern, then coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld, came from behind to win 2-1 in Munich on matchday one, Roy Makaay scoring two late goals (73, 86) after Alan Thompson had given Martin O'Neill's Celtic a 57th-minute lead.

• The game at Celtic Park on 25 November 2003 ended goalless. Hasan Salihamidžić, now Bayern's sporting director, featured in both matches.

• The full line-ups at Celtic Park on 25 November 2003 were:
Celtic: Hedman, Agathe (Miller 63), Baldé, Varga, McNamara, Thompson, Lennon, Petrov, Hartson (Sylla 86), Sutton, Larsson.
Kahn, Sagnol, Kovač, Kuffour, Lizarazu, Hargreaves, Salihamidžić, Ballack, Jeremies, Santa Cruz (Pizarro 73), Makaay.

Match background

Beaten 5-0 by Paris in Glasgow in their Group B opener, their biggest European home defeat, Celtic halted a ten-game (D3 L7), four-year winless run in the UEFA Champions League group stage by overcoming Anderlecht 3-0 on matchday two, their biggest away victory in the UEFA Champions League. Their previous win had been a 2-1 home success over AFC Ajax on 22 October 2013.

• The Anderlecht win was the Hoops' first for 17 European group stage fixtures in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League (D7 L9).

• Celtic have won just two of their last seven European home matches (D2 L3).

• Celtic have won only one of their last eight home games in the UEFA Champions League proper (D1 L6).

• In 2016/17 the Glasgow club came fourth in their section, collecting three points from six games. They drew at home to Manchester City FC (1-1) and lost 2-0 to both VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Barcelona.

• The Mönchengladbach defeat left Celtic with the record W3 D2 L5 at home to Bundesliga sides. They have lost the last two.

• The Scottish champions are on an eight-game winless run, home and away, against German clubs (D3 L5). Paul Lambert, Shaun Maloney and Stiliyan Petrov scored when Celtic last overcame German opposition – winning 3-1 at home to VfB Stuttgart in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup fourth round.

• Celtic started this season in the second qualifying round, beating Linfield FC (2-0 away, 4-0 home) and then Rosenborg BK in the third qualifying round (0-0 home, 1-0 away). They posted a fifth straight clean sheet with a 5-0 win against FC Astana in the home first leg of their play-off, advancing despite a 4-3 loss in Kazakhstan.

• Scottish champions for a sixth consecutive campaign in 2016/17 – when they went through their domestic season unbeaten – Celtic are in the group stage for the tenth time.

Beaten 3-0 at PSG on matchday two, prompting the departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern have won only two of their last nine European away games, losing five.

• Matchday three was Bayern's first meeting with a Scottish club since a 5-1 win at home to Aberdeen FC in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup round of 32 second leg (7-3 aggregate).

• The German team's record in Scotland is W2 D3 L3. The 2-2 draw at Aberdeen in 2008 extended their unbeaten away streak against Scottish sides to five matches (W2 D3).

• Bayern qualified for the group stage after winning their fifth straight Bundesliga title in 2016/17. The Bavarians are aiming to reach the knockout rounds for the tenth season in a row.

• Under Ancelotti, Bayern claimed just three points on their travels in last year's group stage, winning at PSV Eindhoven but losing at Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Rostov. 

• Bayern came second in their group behind Atlético Madrid in 2016/17 – the first time they had failed to win their section since 2009/10. They beat Arsenal FC 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16, only to lose 6-3 over two legs to Real Madrid CF.

Coach and player links
• Arturo Vidal helped Juventus beat Celtic away (3-0) and home (2-0) in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller, who scored both goals, all started for Germany in their 2-1 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying victory over Scotland on 7 September 2014.

• Neuer, Boateng, Müller and Mats Hummels started Germany's 3-2 defeat of Scotland at Hampden Park in the return fixture a year later, Müller again netting twice. Scott Brown and James Forrest started for Scotland.

• Robert Lewandowski scored twice at Hampden Park in Poland's 2-2 draw in October 2015; Brown and Forrest started for Scotland with Craig Gordon on the bench.

• Franck Ribéry and Brown both started Scotland's 1-0 win away to France in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying on 12 September 2007.

• A Tom Rogic goal was not enough to prevent Australia losing 3-2 to Germany, for whom Joshua Kimmich provided an assist, in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

• Rafinha earned his first Brazil cap for more than three years in a 4-0 friendly win against Rogic's Australia on 13 June 2017.

• International team-mates:
Kingsley Coman & Moussa Dembélé, Olivier Ntcham (France Under-21s)

Match facts

• After drawing 1-1 with Kilmarnock FC on Saturday, Celtic are unbeaten in 62 domestic matches – the Hoops' last league defeat coming against Saint Johnstone FC in their penultimate fixture of 2015/16.

• Celtic have equalled their own British record of 62 domestic games without losing, set by Willie Maley's team between 1915 and 1917.

• However, the landmark came at a price, with Patrick Roberts limping off with a hamstring problem after 30 minutes. The winger will now miss the game against Bayern, along with Jozo Šimunović (hamstring) and Anthony Ralston (ankle).

• Moussa Dembélé scored twice as Celtic beat Hibernian FC 4-2 in the League Cup semi-finals on 21 October; they will face Motherwell FC in the showpiece on 26 November.

• Celtic won the Best FIFA Fan Award 2017 on 23 October in recognition of their 50th anniversary tribute to the Lisbon Lions team that won the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1967.

• Kristoffer Ajer dislocated a shoulder in Norway Under-21s' 3-1 success against Germany on 10 October.

• Kolo Touré has returned to Celtic after retiring as a player to take up the post of technical assistant.

• Sven Ulreich saved the last spot kick, from Timo Werner, as visitors Bayern overcame ten-man RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties in the second round of the German Cup on 25 October. It was 1-1 after extra time.

• Bayern, now at home, then beat Leipzig 2-0 on Saturday to go three points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

• Bayern have conceded just once in 480 minutes since Jupp Heynckes' appointment.

• Robert Lewandowski has 19 goals in 20 appearances for club and country this season, and ended a three-game run without scoring when he struck against Leipzig on Saturday. It had been his longest wait since last September/October.

• James Rodríguez missed the cup match against Leipzig with a back problem but returned to open the scoring on Saturday.

• Thomas Müller came on as a half-time substitute at Hamburger SV on 21 October, set up the only goal and then went off with a hamstring injury, all in the space of ten minutes. He has not featured since.

• Franck Ribéry (knee, out since 1 October) and Manuel Neuer (broken foot, 18 September) are out long term.

• Juan Bernat, who has not played this season due to an ankle injury sustained in July, resumed team training on 26 October.