Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic are due to face off against FC Copenhagen in a Europa League last 32 first leg clash at the Telia Parken Stadium on Thursday night.

The Hoops have a good chance to advance to the last 16 of Europe’s second-tier club competition.

After years and years of underachievement in European football, Celtic can fancy their chances of a deep run in the Europa League this season, though they can ill-afford to underestimate Copenhagen.

The Hoops have suffered bad injury news ahead of the clash in Denmark however, according to BBC Sport.

Striker Leigh Griffiths, left-back Greg Taylor and right-back Hatem Elhamed have all suffered knocks and will not play a part in the European clash after being left at home.

As such, Celtic manager Neil Lennon will have to dig deep and use some of his fringe players against Copehagen.

Celtic look to have steadied any concerns domestically, with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen at the weekend continuing excellent recent form.

With Griffiths ruled out, the Bhoys will again rely on top scorer Odsonne Edouard to get the goals needed to forge an advantage in the tie.

Thursday’s game is the first time that the two sides’ are facing off against each other since the 2006/7 Champions’ League group stage.  During that season each side won their home leg.

Celtic will face a tough test against Copenhagen but given that they have been in good form in the Europa League this season, they will be pre-match favourites.

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