Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is relishing the prospect of facing his former club Manchester United, and manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the penultimate fixture in UEFA Champions League Group F.
Celtic went down to a 3-2 defeat to United in their opening Group F fixture and Strachan is hoping for similar levels of entertainment tonight.
“It was a cracking game of football and hopefully we will get the same again, but obviously with a different result,” said Strachan.
Strachan will be without centre-back Gary Caldwell who has not recovered from the knee injury sustained in Saturday’s 3-0 victory against Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. Bobo Balde is the likely replacement.
“Bobo has a lot of experience at this level and has seen a lot of games here at Celtic,” added Strachan. “Hopefully his experience and strength will be adequate.”
Celtic can still qualify even if they lose to United, but striker Kenny Miller believes they need something from the game.
“We need to get something from the game, there’s no doubt about that,” said the Scottish international.
“They’re not immortal and we know we’ve got enough in the squad to win the game. A point would be a great result but obviously we’ll be going for all three.”
United have no injury concerns, although Ferguson admitted he will make changes with an eye on Sunday’s Premiership encounter with Chelsea.
“You want former players to do well but you can’t afford to do that because you have to win the game for your own club,” said the United manager.
“We want to be top of our group but we know we’re in for a tough game. The atmosphere will be fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Artur Boruc; Paul Telfer, Bobo Balde, Stephen McManus, Lee Naylor; Shunsuke Nakamura, Thomas Gravesen, Neil Lennon, Shaun Maloney/Aiden McGeady; Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Kenny Miller.
Edwin van der Sar; John O’Shea/Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidi?, Gabriel Heinze; Cristiano Ronaldo/Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs; Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha.