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"To play at Celtic Park is something very special"

Ralf Rangnick and Marcel Halstenberg speak ahead of the Europa League clash with Celtic on Thursday evening | Yussuf Poulsen (back problem) and Timo Werner (bruised metatarsal) are unavailable | Emil Forsberg (groin problem) is also out

After the 3-0 league win against Hertha BSC, die Roten Bullen are back to UEFA Europa League action on Thursday (21:00 CET), travelling to Glasgow to face the Scottish title-holders, Celtic.

Ralf rangnick:

  • "The atmosphere in Celtic Park is so extraordinary because the fans are so passionate about their team and support them unconditionally. Something we got a small taste of during the game in Leipzig with the 6,000 fans that attended. This time it will be 60,000!

    The setting is something very special - not just for the home side but even for the away side as well. The atmosphere is a huge motivation. I think it's so great that we are taking more than 2,000 Leipzig fans with us. 

    Celtic is now a stronger side, since they have a lot of their players back. During the game in Leipzig they had a lot of players out injured. As a result, I expect a very exciting game, especially considering the crowd we will play for. As for how we must perform as a team, the aim is to play just like in recent weeks, with a compact defence. If we do this, we have a good chance of winning here. We want to build on our performances in Berlin and against Hoffenheim.

marcel halstenberg:

  • "I hope to be involved on Thursday evening. It would be such an amazing thing to be able to play in this stadium."

Squad info:

  • Emil Forsberg is still suffering from a groin injury and will not take part in the match.
  • Timo Werner is labouring due to a bruise to his metatarsal and has not travelled to Scotland.
  • Yussuf Poulsen will miss the game against Celtic because of a back problem.

 

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