Four things Celtic fans need to know about UCL opponents Astana

After overcoming Rosenborg on Wednesday night, Celtic are again looking forward to European football well into the Autumn and Winter this season, guaranteed group stage action in either the UEFA Europa League or Champions League.

Of course, what everyone at the Hoops craves is to reach the group stages of the big competition and standing in their way is Kazakhstan Premier League champions FC Astana.

They are a familiar foe to Brendan Rodgers’ team, having faced them in the 3rd Qualifying Round of this tournament last summer, overcoming the Kazakhs 3-2 on aggregate in an exciting and nervy tie.

One year on though, key aspects of the encounter have changed with Celtic now having to play the first leg at home and then head to Astana to face their fate in the second leg.

While Celtic fans will know a bit about the team due to last year’s matches, there is still some key info they might not be aware of.

Here are FOUR must-know facts that every Celtic supporter should know ahead of the first leg on 16th August…