This evening, Nomme Kalju welcome Celtic to the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn. The first leg in Glasgow went very well for Neil Lennon as his players executed a 5-0 thumping, so the second leg should really be a formality.
Some players haven’t travelled such as James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Eboue Kouassi and Vakoun Bayo. However, Celtic have more than enough talent to fill those positions for this game.
Whilst Kalju will aim to rescue this one, it would take some serious errors by Celtic and a momentous effort by the Estonian Champions to turn things around. Celtic will go out there not only confident, but with a game plan to win the match.
So there will be no sitting back from Neil Lennon’s players. He simply won’t allow it.
Lennon has been mentioned that Christopher Jullien will start this match as he is eased into first team matters. However, Lennon poured cold water on any suggestion that he’d make too many changes for this match but that doesn’t mean we won’t see Marian Shved who has travelled.
There will be tougher games ahead for Celtic and the next round will serve up either CFR Cluj or Maccabi Tel-Aviv. I would expect both of those teams top be on a different level of difficulty to FK Sarajevo and Nomme Kalju.
That other tie between Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Cluj remains tight. 1-0 down from the first leg in Cluj-Napoca, the Tel-Aviv club have home advantage.
Celtic fans will have one eye on that game so long as things are going smoothly in Estonia. The tie isn’t done but at half time it is 5-0 and I can see Celtic scoring more in Tallinn.
Whichever team Celtic meet next, they our own squad will be stronger and fitter with the inclusion of more players. Players are still being integrated into first team matters and going by Neil Lennon’s words, Celtic’s transfer activity has not finished.