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STAR PREVIEW: Celtic v FC Astana

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]azakhstan champions Astana are no pushovers as Celtic found out last season but with home advantage tonight it would be a surprise if the Bhoys don’t build up a sizeable lead to take to the second leg.

Celtic beat Astana 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the Group Stage last season but look a stronger side at the moment.

They have only lost two home matches in all ­competitions since December 2015 and Brendan Rodgers has proved a steady hand at the Parkhead tiller.

They will also be boosted by the return of in-form striker Leigh Griffiths who has declared himself fit after shrugging off a calf injury.

Celtic v FC Astana
UEFA Champions League Play-Off
1st Leg 19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Aug 2016 EUROPEAN CUP Celtic 2-1 Astana
Jul 2016 EUROPEAN CUP Astana 1-1 Celtic

It’s hard to see the visitors scoring. The Hoops have kept clean sheets in qualifiers against Linfield and Rosenberg whilst Astana have scored just three goals in seven Champions League qualifying games away from home, never scoring more than once.

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