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Celtic v Fenerbahçe background

Celtic's first encounter with Turkish opponents brings them up against a Fenerbahçe side eager to make amends after a shock opening defeat in Group A.

Celtic celebrate a goal against Ajax on matchday one
Celtic celebrate a goal against Ajax on matchday one ©Getty Images

Celtic FC recorded a 2-2 draw at AFC Ajax on matchday one and will look to build on that as they welcome the other UEFA Europa League Group A big hitters, Fenerbahçe SK.

Previous meetings
• The sides are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition, and this is Celtic's first encounter with Turkish opponents.

• In their only games against Scottish teams, Fenerbahçe eliminated Celtic's Glasgow rivals Rangers FC 2-1 on aggregate in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

• As yet, no Turkish club has won a UEFA competition game in Scotland in seven attempts (D5 L2). In the four of those matches played in Glasgow (D2 L2) the visiting side did not score.

Form guide
• Celtic have won all three of their European home games this season.

• Fenerbahçe have won all six of their UEFA Europa League group stage away fixtures to date – five of them by 1-0 scorelines.

• Semi-finalists in 2012/13, Fenerbahçe have made it through to the round of 32 in all three of their UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns (2006/07, 2009/10 and 2012/13).

• Celtic progressed to the round of 32 last season. It was their first successful UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League group stage campaign after missing the cut in 2009/10 and 2011/12.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Istanbul to Glasgow is just over 2,900km.

• Robin van Persie faced Celtic with Arsenal FC in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League play-offs but did not score.

• Fenerbahçe's Gökhan Gönül can make his 50th UEFA club competition in this game.

• Celtic boast Turkish talent in the form of forward Nadir Çiftçi, who played in the Süper Lig for Kayserispor in 2011/12.

• Celtic are one of ten domestic champions in this season's group stage, along with KF Skenderbëu (Albania), Qarabağ FK (Azerbaijan), APOEL FC (Cyprus), FC Viktoria Plzeň (Czech Republic), FC Midtjylland (Denmark), Molde FK (Norway), KKS Lech Poznań (Poland), FK Partizan (Serbia) and FC Basel 1893 (Switzerland).

The coaches
• A defender in his native Norway, Ronny Deila was hired by Celtic in 2014 after a six-year spell in charge of Strømsgodset IF, who he led to a Norwegian Cup in 2010 and a league title in 2013. He won another title in his first season at Parkhead.

• Fenerbahçe coach since June, Portuguese technician Vítor Pereira was André Villas-Boas's assistant when FC Porto won the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League. He later won two league titles as the Dragons' coach and a domestic double in Greece with Olympiacos FC in 2014/15.