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Posted Wednesday, July 14th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Celtic (H)

The giants of Scottish football head to City’s all-new Robins High Performance Centre to kick-off the first fixture of pre-season.

How to watch on Robins TV

They are the runners-up from last season’s Premiership campaign, when they ended up 25 points behind fierce rivals Rangers, who went unbeaten on their run to the title.

Historically, Celtic proved themselves as a powerhouse on the global stage. They are just a handful of clubs to have bagged 100 competitive titles and in 1966/67 – their greatest season on record - they became the first British team to win the European Cup.

This summer has brought a change at the helm with Ange Postecoglou taking over as manager. He replaced John Kennedy who has resumed his assistant manager duties, after Kennedy stepped in to fill the shoes left by the departure of Neil Lennon in February.

Postecoglou already has expectation on his hands with UEFA Champions League qualification his first task - FC Midtjylland meet the Hoops in a week’s time for the first of a two-legged qualifier.

While Celtic have the Danish outfit to consider on the competitive stage, they also have four English teams as part of their pre-season friendly schedule. They have already faced Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic before their trip to the Robins High Performance Centre, with Preston North End and West Ham United still to come.

CELTIC PROFILE

Formed: 1887
Stadium: Celtic Park
Nickname: The Bhoys, The Celts, The Hoops
Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Finish last season: 2nd, Scottish Premiership

Honours:

  • Scottish League Championship (51)
  • Scottish Cup (40)
  • Scottish League Cup (19)
  • 1966/67 European Cup
The Robins High Performance Centre pitch

As for City, this is the first time Manager Nigel Pearson will get to see his players test themselves against opposition, and a chance for him to mark where they are fitness-wise now two weeks into their pre-season schedule.

New signings Matty James, Andy King and Rob Atkinson could all feature in a City shirt for the first time at the HPC, before a five-day trip to Loughborough follows as the group continues their 2021/22 campaign preparations.

Watch: Pre-season training with the latest Robins Uncut

 

💻 City v Celtic - Robins TV passes


📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Robins High Performance Centre
When: Wednesday, July 14th, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Pre-season friendly


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse striker Odsonne Edouard arrived at Celtic Park on loan ahead of the 2017/18 campaign and scored on his debut in a 4-1 win away to Hamilton. He made the move from PSG permanent in August 2018, completing a £10 million switch, and has gone on to score 74 times in all competitions.

His impressive return in front of goal, with 22 last term, has led to links with other clubs, such as Leicester City, Arsenal and West Ham United.

Postecoglou remains hopeful to have Edouard face City on Wednesday, despite limping off against Charlton at the weekend.

Edouard at Celtic:
Played: 139 (+ 29 loan)
Goals: 74 (+ 11 loan)


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 A SCOTTISH CONNECTION

Bristol City and Celtic have never faced each other in either friendly or competitive action before, but there are a number of players who have featured for both clubs over the course of their careers, of which a few are listed below...

Stephen McManus

Stephen McManus

The centre-back spent seven years at Celtic, his boyhood club after rising through the youth ranks there.

He went on to captain his side during the 2006/07 campaign, which became a permanent appointment a year later.

He left Celtic for Middlesbrough in 2010 before two spells on loan in BS3 in the latter half of 2011/12 and the 2012/13 season.

Adam Matthews

The Swansea-born right-back moved from Cardiff to Glasgow in 2011, where he spent four seasons with the Hoops.

He won back-to-back Scottish championships in each of those campaigns, as well as the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.

Matthews would spend two seasons on loan with the Robins from Sunderland during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns.

Adam Matthews
Evander Sno

Evander Sno

In 2006, Sno joined Celtic from Feyenoord and went on to help them win the league title in both of his two seasons.

He returned to Netherlands to join Ajax in 2008 but he spent the 2009/10 season on loan at City where the midfielder scored three goals in 24 appearances.

Filip Benković

The Croatian centre-back proved a popular character during his short spell with the Robins. He arrived on loan from Leicester City in January 2020, going on to make 10 appearances.

He scored two goals in that time, helping City beat Derby County 3-2 at Ashton Gate and in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.

He had spent the 2018/19 season on loan Celtic during which time he helped the club to a domestic treble.

Filip Benković
Jackie Dziekanowski

Jackie Dziekanowski

The Polish striker played 53 times for City, scoring nine times and it was his ability and skills to light up Ashton Gate which made him an instant fans’ favourite, as he linked up with Andy Cole in the Robins attack.

He arrived from Celtic in 1992, following three seasons in Glasgow after signing from Legia Warsaw for a transfer fee of £600,000.


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Stats based on the 2020/21 season...

Bristol City

Matches*: 52
Won: 19
Drew: 6
Lost: 27

Goals scored*: 57
Goals conceded*: 73

Championship position: 19th
Carabao Cup: Round Three
FA Cup: Round Five

Yellow cards*: 54
Red cards*: 3

Top goalscorer*: Nahki Wells 11
Most assists*: Antoine Semenyo 6
Best average rating (Opta): Tomas Kalas 6.95

Possession: 47.3%
Passing percentage: 70.5%
Tackle success percentage: 61.2%
Average aerial duels won: 24.4

*Stats available for all competitions

Celtic

Matches*: 44
Won: 27
Drew: 12
Lost: 12

Goals scored*: 86
Goals conceded*: 52

Premiership position: 2nd
Europa League: Group Stage
Champions League: Second qualifying round
Scottish Cup: Round Four
Scottish League Cup: Round Two

Yellow cards*: 46
Red cards*: 2

Top goalscorer*: Odsonne Edouard 22
Most assists: Ryan Christie 10
Best average rating (Opta): Christopher Jullien 7.46

Possession: 59.6%
Passing percentage: 83.8%
Tackle success percentage: 66%
Average aerial duels won: 18.3

*Stats available for all competitions


🎥 Robins TV

The match will be streamed live on Robins TV and coverage starts at 7.15pm, with build-up to the game against Ange Postecoglou’s men.

Individual Robins TV Passes for City v Celtic are available at just £10, while a £20 offer Three-Game Video Bundle (includes streams for Celtic, Portsmouth and MK Dons) also remain on sale.

Choose your streaming pass

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