Salzburg vs Celtic

Celtic have been warned they will be facing “one of the best teams in Europe” when they travel to take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday (kick-off 5.55pm BST).

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Rosenborg 1-0 thanks to an 87th-minute winner from Leigh Griffiths in their opening Group B encounter – Celtic’s first European group stage home win in 11 games.

Salzburg only missed out on a place in the Champions League group stages after being beaten on away goals by Crvena Zvezda, while Celtic have won just three of nine games on the road this season.

And RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick, whose side was beaten 3-2 at home to Salzburg on the opening day of the season, believes Rodgers could be in for another difficult away game out in Austria.

“For me, Salzburg are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment and anyone playing them face a difficult task,” he said.

“They beat some really good other teams on the way to the Europa League semi-finals [last season].”

Marco Rose’s side have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign and are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions.

Odsonne Edouard is expected to be fit after sustaining a dead leg as a result of Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna scissor-kick tackle in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

Kristoffer Ajer has been ruled out after limping off in the Scottish League Cup victory against St Johnstone last week.

Salzburg will be without teenage striker Patson Daka after he tore his abductor muscle last month.

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