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Celtic FC have reason to look forward to their third home meeting with GNK Dinamo Zagreb in UEFA Europa League Group D, with their guests yet to avoid defeat in Scotland.

Celtic greet Scott Brown's goal against Salzburg
Celtic greet Scott Brown's goal against Salzburg ©AFP/Getty Images

Celtic FC will look to maintain their 100% record at home against GNK Dinamo Zagreb as the sides meet for a fifth time in UEFA Europa League Group D.

Form guide
Celtic won both of their previous home games against Dinamo without conceding; Dinamo have lost all three of their matches in Scotland without scoring (but have won all three of their home encounters with Scottish sides).

• The teams that lined up when James McGrory's Hoops beat Milan Antolković's Dinamo 3-0 in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup on 4 December 1963 were:
Celtic: Fallon, Clark, Gemmell, Kennedy, McNeil, Murdoch, Chalmers, Hughes, Johnstone, Divers, Young.
Dinamo: Crnković, Belin, Perušić, Marković, Braun, Kasumović, Kobeščak, Zambata, Raus, Knez, Lamza.

• The sides named when Jozef Vengloš's Celtic beat Zlatko Kranjčar's Dinamo 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round on 12 August 1998 were:
Celtic: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Rieper, Stubbs, Larsson, Burley, Brattbakk (Jackson 46), Donnelly, Lambert, Blinker.
Dinamo: Ladić, Tokić, Marić (Josip Šimić 82), Jurić, Prosinečki, Viduka, Rukavina, Dario Šimić, Cvitanović, Jeličić (Mujčin 76), Jurčić.

Dinamo have won all three of their European away games this season, while Celtic have lost three of their last six at home in continental competition.

Trivia and links
Dinamo's Ante Ćorić became – at 17 years and 157 days – the UEFA Europa League's fourth youngest goalscorer when he struck in the 5-1 home success against FC Astra Giurgiu on matchday one. The youngest scorer is Romelu Lukaku, who registered for RSC Anderlecht against AFC Ajax in 2009/10 aged 16 years and 218 days.

Dinamo's El Arbi Hilal Soudani completed the first hat-trick of this season's UEFA Europa League group stage a minute into added time in the first half against Astra; PAOK FC's Stefanos Athanasiadis completed the second 28 minutes into his side's 6-1 victory against FC Dinamo Minsk.

Dinamo have featured in ten UEFA club competition group stages – four in the UEFA Champions League and six in the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup – but have yet to make it through to the next phase.

The coaches
Celtic coach Ronny Deila took charge of the Hoops in June 2014 following a successful spell at Strømsgodset IF in his native Norway. The former Odd Grenland and Viking FK defender led the Drammen club to the 2010 Norwegian Cup title and, in 2013, their first league crown since 1970.

• Previously a defensive midfielder, Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić started and ended his playing days with the club but spent much of his career in Germany with the likes of VfL Bochum 1848 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He became Dinamo coach in November 2013 after two caretaker spells, guiding them to the 2013/14 Croatian title.

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