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Celtic vs Utrecht – Lennon keen to display Euro grit

| 19.08.2010

Celtic are set to hand a debut to new signing Daniel Majstorovic as they look to get their European aspirations back on track against FC Utrecht.

Neil Lennon’s side failed to reach the Champions League after being eliminated during the qualification rounds against Portuguese side Braga, but have been given a second chance of sorts by being put in the Europa League play-offs.

Standing between them and the group stages of the competition are Utrecht and Celtic will be buoyed by the fact they beat Braga at home, although this is their only European victory in five at Celtic Park.

They are 4/6 to claim victory in the first leg, with Majstorovic preparing to start at the heart of the defence because Jos Hooiveld is suspended.

Patrick McCourt scored the only goal in Celtic’s 1-0 at Inverness on the opening day of the SPL season and is 8/1 to break the deadlock again.

Dundee United are hoping to restore their past glories in Europe as they are also at home first against AEK Athens.

The game represents the club’s second European tie in 13 years and they are 5/2 to reach the group stages.

Former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop and Greek international Nikos Liberopoulos are among the new arrivals at AEK Athens, with the latter 11/2 to open the scoring.

Motherwell are the third Scottish team in action in the Europa League and they travel to Denmark to face OB Odense.

Craig Brown is likely to retain the same starting line-up which lost to Hibernian on the opening SPL weekend and they will be keen to build on their record of only conceding one goal in their four European games already this season.

Motherwell are 9/2 to win away from home and 6/4 to qualify.

Celtic are 66/1 to win the Europa League, see the complete market.



Ed Needham