COMMENT By Will Butcher
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers should pack his defence if he is to have any hope of holding out Spanish champions Barcelona.
A five-man defence could be his best bet in holding out the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, which could include handing a debut to Cristian Gamboa after he signed for £1million from West Brom.
The pacy Costa Rica international should be included by Rodgers to deal with the pace of Neymar on Celtic’s right-flank, as the Hoops looks to take something away from the Nou Camp.
Sweden international Mikael Lustig would be pushed into a team of three centre-backs, alongside new signing Kolo Toure and Erik Sviatchenko as they look to cope with Rodgers’ former colleague Suarez. Australia international Tom Rogic would be axed for Lustig.
Wingers Scott Sinclair and James Forrest would be expected to double up on Neymar and Messi with full-backs Gamboa and Kieren Tierney, leaving central midfielders Nir Bitton and captain Scott Brown to work hard in the engine room against Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.
Moussa Dembele is unlikely to get much support up top, but he will be told to defend from the front by using his pace and power to apply pressure to Luis Enrique’s defenders.
Goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is expected to start over Scotland number one Craig Gordon, as Rodgers continues to use his new signings.
The Hoops face an uphill task to get anything out of the game, but will be hoping that Barcelona’s home loss to Alaves on Saturday will be repeated on Tuesday night.
In other Celtic news, Suarez has revealed how Rodgers has improved the 47-time Scottish Champions’ side.