Celtic seek better against Guardiola's City

Celtic will be trying to put behind them a sobering 7-0 matchday one reverse when they host Josep Guardiola's Manchester City in their second Group C fixture.

Brendan Rodgers had some memorable battles with City as Liverpool manager
Brendan Rodgers had some memorable battles with City as Liverpool manager ©Getty Images

Celtic FC will be looking to put their worst defeat in Europe behind them when they host Group C rivals Manchester City FC on matchday two.

• The Scottish champions' 7-0 humbling by FC Barcelona on 13 September was their record loss in European competition and they next face a Manchester City side who began their campaign with a 4-0 success against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Previous meetings
• Although this is the clubs' first official encounter, they have met in friendly matches. City beat Celtic 2-1 in Manchester in August 2009 with Gareth Barry and Carlos Tévez scoring either side of Chris Killen. Pablo Zabaleta was in City's team that day along with Kolo Touré, now a Celtic player.

• The teams had previously drawn 1-1 in a July 2008 friendly at Celtic Park, Paul McGowan cancelling out Martin Petrov's strike for City.

Match background

Celtic
• Celtic posted home wins over Gibraltar's Lincoln FC (3-0), Kazakhstan's FC Astana (2-1) and Israel's Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (5-2) in qualifying for this season's UEFA Champions League group stage. However, in the UEFA Europa League group stage last term they took only one point from three games at Celtic Park.

• Celtic's home record against English clubs is W4 D3 L2.

• Their most recent visitors from south of the border were Arsenal FC, 2-0 winners in a UEFA Champions League qualifying tie in August 2009 with a team including Bacary Sagna and Gaël Clichy.

• Celtic last overcame English opposition a decade ago when defeating City's neighbours Manchester United FC 1-0 with a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick in a UEFA Champions League group stage fixture in November 2006.

Manchester City
• For City this is the first official meeting with a team from Scotland. Josep Guardiola's men beat Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone FC 3-0 in a pre-season friendly behind closed doors at their training ground in Manchester on 3 August through goals from Fabian Delph, David Silva and Fernandinho.

• City's record on the road in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League was W3 D1 L2.

Coach and player links
• Brendan Rodgers' first match managing in the Premier League was a 4-0 defeat at City with Swansea City AFC in August 2011, though later that season he oversaw a 1-0 home win over the Manchester club. As Liverpool FC manager he saw his team finish two points behind City in the race for the league title in 2013/14. His record against them with the Reds was W2 D2 L2.

• Rodgers gave Raheem Sterling his first league start as a Liverpool player in October 2012.

• Kolo Touré played for City from 2009 to 2013 and won the Premier League (2012) and FA Cup (2011) with the club. Last season he appeared as a 25th-minute substitute in the Liverpool team beaten on penalties by City in the English League Cup final.

• Yaya Touré, brother of Kolo, is a City player but is absent from their UEFA Champions League squad.

• Patrick Roberts is on loan at Celtic from City where he played three games last term – one in the Premier League and two in the English League Cup.

• Dedryck Boyata was a City player between 2008 and 2015 but made only 13 Premier League appearances.

• Vincent Kompany faced Celtic with RSC Anderlecht in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League group stage, winning 1-0 at home but losing 3-1 in Glasgow.

• Kompany was sent off when his Belgium side won 1-0 at Nir Bitton's Israel in a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier in March 2015. Kevin De Bruyne also featured.

• Jesús Navas won the 2007 UEFA Cup with Sevilla FC at Glasgow's Hampden Park, beating RCD Espanyol in the final.

• Mark Lawwell, son of Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, works for City as their scouting information and content manager.

• Have played together:
Kolo Touré & Sterling (Liverpool FC)
Scott Sinclair & Delph (Aston Villa FC)
Logan Bailly, Boyata & Kompany (Belgium)

• Billy McNeill, Celtic's European Cup-winning captain in 1967, was City manager between 1983 and 1986.

Match facts

Celtic
• Celtic's perfect start to the Scottish Premiership season was ended by Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC on 18 September, the Highland outfit twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw.

• Sinclair was on the scoresheet for the sixth consecutive league game on Saturday as Celtic recovered from a goal down to beat Kilmarnock FC 6-1.

• The Inverness game marked Jozo Šimunović's first appearance for Celtic since 23 January.

• The 2-0 home win against Alloa Athletic FC in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals on 21 September – secured by late goals from James Forrest and Moussa Dembélé – represented Rodgers's team's first clean sheet in eight matches.

Manchester City
• Guardiola has started his reign as City manager with ten successive victories.

• City's last defeat in any competition came in the second leg of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, 1-0 against Real Madrid CF.

• Sergio Agüero returned from a three-game domestic ban by scoring twice in the 3-1 win away to Swansea on Saturday.

• Ilkay Gündoğan scored on his Premier League debut as City triumphed 4-0 against AFC Bournemouth on 17 September.

• Clichy's first goal since 30 November 2014 set the Citizens en route to a 2-1 victory at Swansea in the English League Cup on 21 September. Holders City will visit Manchester United FC in the fourth round next month.

• Making his first appearance for club or country since 4 May, Kompany sustained a groin injury late on in the cup tie against Swansea.

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