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Preview: Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt – latest team & injury news, predicted XI

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic side travel to Bodo/Glimt for the second leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie this evening, with the 56-year-old’s Bhoys outfit facing an extremely difficult task of overturning a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the fixture.

Indeed, the Hoops require a near-perfect performance if they are to secure passage through to the next round of the competition, needing to best Kjetil Knutsen’s side by two clear goals to take the tie to extra-time, or by three clear goals to secure victory in normal time.

As such, the Greek-Australian coach must ensure that he gets his team selection absolutely spot on against the Norwegian champions this evening, something that the Bhoys boss arguably did not last time out against tonight’s opponent.

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So, how many changes will Postecoglou make to the team that started the 3-2 win over Dundee FC on Sunday? Here’s how we think Celtic could line up against Bodo/Glimt, along with the latest team and injury news…

With Alison Conroy recently revealing that Postecoglou has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s fixture, while Mikey Johnston, David Turnbull, Kyogo Furuhashi and Albian Ajeti remain unavailable due to knocks, we predict the 56-year-old will make two changes to the team that defeated the Dark Blues last weekend.

The first of these changes comes in the back four, with Josip Juranovic returning to right-back, Greg Taylor coming in at left-back and the 23-year-old “warrior” – in the words of Postecoglou – Anthony Ralston dropping to the bench.

In the middle of the park, Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate make up the 56-year-old’s midfield three – with the Japan international who Liverpool’s Andy Robertson dubbed a “serious player” being handed a start after Tom Rogic disappointed in the first leg of the tie.

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In attack, Jota moves back to the left-wing, Giorgos Giakoumakis starts up top following his hat-trick against Dundee, and Liel Abada returns to the XI, with the 24-year-old Daizen Maeda – who Arthur Papas claimed “possesses athletic qualities far superior to most players” – has to make do with a spot amongst the substitutes.

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Article title: Preview: Celtic vs Bodo/Glimt – latest team & injury news, predicted XI

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