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Celtic team news: Duo passed fit for Copenhagen game, but three men ruled out

Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic are due to play against Copenhagen in a Europa League last 32 second leg clash at Parkhead on Thursday night.

On paper, the Hoops will be favourites to win the tie and advance to the last 16 of the competition.

Celtic managed to avoid defeat and also scored a crucial away goal as the game in Denmark ended 1-1 last week.

However, the Bhoys are set to be given a stern test.

Celtic’s recent form in European competition also suggests that they cannot afford to go into the game with a complacent mindset.

If Celtic manage to win the tie, it will be the first time that they will have progressed from the post-group stage knockout tie since 2004.

Neil Lennon’s Bhoys side will have captain Scott Brown and winger James Forrest fit, according to a report published by BBC Sport.  

The duo missed the Parkhead club’s weekend win over Kilmarnock.

The report added that Olivier Ntcham will miss the fixture due to a calf injury while Ryan Christie will also be unavailable due to suspension.

Mikey Johnston will also miss the game for Celtic, whilst defender Hatem Abd Elhamed is currently recovering and will likely play no part in the clash.

The tie is Celtic’s to lose and it is vital that they go far in the Europa League this season.

As much as they have dominated Scottish football for nearly a decade, they have not done well in Europe during that time.

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