Barcelona have made their worst start in La Liga for a decade, with the weekend 0-0 draw with Malaga allowing Real Madrid to go four points clear at the top of the table.
The Spanish giants have only won two of their last five games and tasted defeat in their last Champions League outing when they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City. Celtic will of course consider these as ‘first-world problems’, with Barca still out in front of Group C with a two point lead.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team are rock bottom of the group with just two points. They are flying in Scotland, with a ten point lead at the top of the Premiership, but the uncompetitive nature of their domestic league only serves to make the step up in class a bigger hurdle when they compete in Europe.
Celtic do at least have a serious cutting edge these days in the form of the 20-year old Moussa Dembele. Signed from Fulham in the summer, Dembele already has 16 goals in 25 games, which includes five in ten European appearances, with the French striker bagging a brace in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City.