Fenerbahçe v Celtic background

Fenerbahçe will hope to have an additional reason to celebrate as they take on Celtic in their 200th UEFA competition game, bidding to make it to the round of 32.

Fernandão after scoring Fenerbahçe's second against Celtic
Fernandão after scoring Fenerbahçe's second against Celtic ©Getty Images

Fenerbahçe SK's Group A destiny is in their own hands as they welcome eliminated Celtic FC looking to confirm their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

• Fenerbahçe have head-to-head advantage over third-ranked AFC Ajax so will progress if they draw or the Dutch team do not beat Molde FK; Celtic are resigned to elimination.

Previous meetings
• The sides drew 2-2 in Glasgow when they met for the first time in UEFA competition on matchday two, Celtic's first encounter with Turkish opponents.

• In their only previous 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.

Form guide
• Fenerbahçe have not conceded in three Group A games since their last meeting with Celtic.

• Celtic have lost their last three European matches and have conceded at least twice in all five of their Group A games. They are without a win in four European away games (D2 L2) and ten UEFA Europa League fixtures (D4 L6).

• 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 for the first time last season; their failure to emulate that achievement this season means they have missed the cut in three of their four UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League campaigns.

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

• This is Fenerbahçe's 200th UEFA club competition game; their record is W71 D40 L88.

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

• The game is taking place the day after Fenerbahçe defender Hasan Ali Kaldırım's 26th birthday.

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

The coaches
• 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.

• 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.