For the first time since 1980, Celtic and Real Madrid meet in a competitive sense. Two giants of the European game, the fixture seems like something of a romantic glimpse of the past, when the Scottish champions were major players on the continent.
Celtic’s first Champions League game in five years, manager Ange Postecoglou has overseen a remarkable rebuild during his relatively short time in charge thus far. A hugely popular figure in the east end of Glasgow, the Australian has vowed to take the game to the European champions, which should lead to an entertaining affair.
Madrid, meanwhile, don’t tend to start Champions League campaigns as strongly as they finish them. Still, they sit on maximum points in LaLiga and clearly have the quality to beat any team on their day, even if they are still heavily reliant on their cast of veterans. Follow all of the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog!
Confirmed Real Madrid lineup
Carlo Ancelotti predicting more Real Madrid success
“It’s not a surprise for me not being the odds-on favorite, I think it’s a good sign,” Ancelotti told a news conference in Glasgow on the eve of Tuesday’s opening Group F game.
“I think that last year we had even less probability in the statistics to win it. And we have an improved team this season.
“What happened last year will happen again. We are going to compete until the end and, hopefully, we will compete in the final.”
Ange Postecoglou vows to take the game to Real Madrid
“There’s no point playing football a certain way and then, when you get the opportunity to measure it against the best, you shy away from it,” the Australian said.
“You could go out there tomorrow and limit the damage and might get a win playing a different way, but have you really tested yourself? I don’t think you have.
“We go out there tomorrow night being the football team we have been to this point. Then you’ve got a real measure of where you’re at.
“If we’re short of where we need to be then we go back, dust ourselves off, work at it again and get a bit closer next time.”
Soaking up the atmosphere
Celtic rightly so fancy their chances against any team at home, even the Champions League holders.
However, the gulf in talent is clear to see, even for the most ardent of Celtic fans, so even a point could be considered an achievement for the hosts. I don’t think they will even get that, unfortunately.
Real Madrid to win 2-0.
Real Madrid team news: Antonio Rudiger in line for first start
Real Madrid could make changes for the game, with Antonio Rudiger and Toni Kroos amoung those pushing to star. Aurelien Tchouameni, along with Rudiger, is in line for his Champions League bow after joining over the summer.
Celtic team news: Kyogo fit
Celtic have Kyogo Furuhashi available but Carl Starfelt is mising after their injuries in the derby, with the latter joining Yosuke Ideguchi on the treatment table.
Moritz Jenz should deputise in central defence, and Oliver Abildgaard could be handed a debut.
Where to watch
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 3.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Celtic’s huge Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.
For the first time since 1980, the two will meet in a competitive sense tonight at Parkhead, with kick-off coming at 8pm BST.