CELTIC can warm to their Champions League challenge by melting the limited Icemen of Stjarnan.
Scottish clubs are traditionally slow starters in Europe but Ronny Deila’s men should reap the benefit of a sensible pre-season fixture list by hitting the ground running.
The Hoops have travelled no further than Paisley in their pursuit of Champions League glory although results have been mixed.
Den Bosch and Real Sociedad were beaten to nil but Dukla Prague ran out 5-3 winners. Deila needs his defence to be tight but his backline is unlikely to be tested even if the Icelanders shocked Motherwell and Lech Poznan in last season’s Europa League.
They clinched the title on the last day of the season but haven’t kicked on and lie sixth with three defeats in their last matches.
Celtic beat KR Reykjavik 4-0 at Murrayfield a year ago and should be looking at a similar scoreline.
Just to win the Scots are no bigger than 1-12 at McBookie and 8-13 minus two. They could cover the minus three handicap at 7-5 with Paddy Power.
While Nadir Ciftci’s signing from Dundee United gives Deila options up front the man banging them in pre-season has been Gary Mackay-Steven with strikes against Den Bosch, Dukla and Sociedad. He is 13-10 with bet365 to net and 6-1 to score first.
Mackay-Steven to score
Mackay-Steven to score first
Celtic to win 3-0
(11-2, McBookie, Paddy Power)
Celtic to win 4-0