Bottom of UEFA Europa League Group C after two games, Celtic FC will be wary of being cast adrift as Hamburger SV return to Glasgow, where they won 2-0 on their only previous visit.
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Bottom of UEFA Europa League Group C after two games, Celtic FC will be wary of being cast adrift as fellow former European champions Hamburger SV return to Glasgow, where they won 2-0 on their only previous visit.
• The late Tommy Burns's Celtic barely laid a glove on Felix Magath's Hamburg in their last meeting, losing 2-0 home and away in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup first round.
• The teams for their previous meeting at Celtic Park on 10 September 1996 were:-
Celtic: Marshall, Boyd, McKinlay (McNamara, 46), Grant, Di Canio (McLaughlin, 79), Van Hooijdonk, Thom, Cadete, O'Neil, Hughes, Wieghorst (Mackay, 46).
Hamburg: Golz, Henchoz, Friis-Hansen, Kmetsch, Ivanauskas (Schupp, 62), Bäron, Fischer, Schopp, Hollerbach, Spörl, Dowe (Hartmann, 46).
• Celtic's eight home games against German sides have given them a record of W3 D2 L3. Hamburg's five fixtures in Scotland have produced a tally reading W2 D0 L3.
• Celtic have not won a home game in Europe this season, registering two defeats and a draw under new manager Tony Mowbray, and scoring only once at Celtic Park in the process.
• A 3-0 loss at SK Rapid Wien on Matchday 1 ended a run of three straight European away triumphs for HSV.
• Celtic's English boss Mowbray represented his current club as a player (1991-95) between spells with Middlesbrough FC and Ipswich Town FC. Since hanging up his boots, the former defender has managed Ipswich, Hibernian FC and West Bromwich Albion FC, replacing Gordon Strachan as Hoops boss this summer.
• Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia is the only player to have scored more than 100 goals in both of the top two divisions in Germany. A striker for FC Bayern München, Werder Bremen and Hamburg, among others, he won two caps for Germany and took over from Martin Jol at Hamburg this summer following a season at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
• Celtic's Glenn Loovens and Hamburg's Romeo Castelen were team-mates at Feyenoord for the first half of the 2004/05 season.
• The Hoops boast German talent in the form of defender Andreas Hinkel, who started his career at VfB Stuttgart (1999-2006) and joined Celtic from Sevilla FC in 2008.
• Hamburg striker Mladen Petrić has been ruled out for the remainder of the group stage after tearing ligaments in his left ankle in a 3-1 win at Hertha BSC Berlin on 4 October.
• Defenders Alex Silva (torn cruciate knee ligaments) and Bastian Reinhardt (metatarsal fracture), midfielder Collin Benjamin (knee) and striker José Paolo Guerrero (torn cruciate knee ligaments) are already on the sidelines for Labbadia's side.
• The two sides meet again in Germany on 5 November for Matchday 4.