Celtic will be making their long awaited return to the Champions League this season and they have been placed in a very interesting group to say the least. First of all, they will be coming up against 14-time European champions, Real Madrid, which is without doubt the glamour tie and one that many fans will have been hoping for. They also have Shakhtar Donetsk, who have enjoyed relative European success in recent years but are unfortunately in a difficult situation right now.
The two fixtures that could ultimately end up deciding Celtic’s fate in the competition though are against RB Leipzig.
They have been one of the best clubs in the Bundesliga for quite a few years now, but at the same time, as the previous campaign showed, they are very beatable, especially on Scottish soil. If Celtic are to have any chance of going through to the knockout phase, they will need to do well against RB Leipzig.
The German club do not seem to be writing the Glasgow giants off either and are anticipating a cauldron-like atmosphere, which one would expect after their experience in a different location in the city just in the previous season. RB Leipzig wrote on their official website about Celtic:
Leipzig are also taking on Celtic, the Scottish league winners, where a cauldron-like atmosphere should be expected for the away game. The team are also leading the Scottish Premiership this season. The 52-time Scottish champions and European Cup winners in 1967 have a well-known goalkeeper in Joe Hart, who won 75 caps for England. Leipzig are meeting Celtic again, having played the team previously in the 2018 Europa League. The team won 2-0 at home but suffered a 2-1 defeat away in Glasgow.
RB Leipzig makes brilliant Celtic admission
It will be very interesting to see how Celtic do in Europe under the management of Ange Postecoglou this season.
The experience in the previous campaign was up and down to say the least. It was ultimately a story of coming close but just not getting the job done, as we saw against both Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen.
Then, the UEFA Europa Conference League elimination was a major disappointment to say the least.
Thus, one would expect Celtic to improve in Europe this season. At the same time though, they have some huge challenges coming up and let’s see if they can step up to the plate when the heat is on.