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Celtic predicted line-up v Barcelona

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Celtic face a mammoth task when they visit Camp Nou to take on four-time winners Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

Neil Lennon's side will, however, be buoyed by their victory over Spartak Moscow in Russia last time out, which marked an historic first away win in the competition's group stages for the SPL giants.

The Bhoys have won only one of their eight encounters against Barcelona - a UEFA Cup victory at Parkhead in 2003/04 - when Lennon was involved as a Celtic player. He will be looking to pass on all his expertise to the members of his squad tonight.

Scott Brown (hip) and James Forrest (groin) remain doubts for the clash in Catalonia, but travelled to Spain along with Georgios Samaras and Kris Commons who also missed the weekend victory over St Mirren.

Defensive duo Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson both picked up knocks in that game, but are thought to have recovered well.

Barcelona are still without a number of key players of their own, particularly in defence, with Carles Puyol (dislocated elbow), Gerard Pique (ankle) and Dani Alves (hamstring) all sidelined.

They will be joined by the suspended Sergio Busquets who serves the first of a two-game ban following his red card against Benfica.


Barcelona predicted line-up:

Valdes; Montoya, Mascherano, Song, Alba; Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas; Tello, Messi, Villa.


Celtic predicted line-up

Forster; Matthews, Wilson, Mulgrew, Ambrose; Wanyama, Brown, Kayal, Commons, Ledley; Hooper.

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