SKIPPER Scott Brown is the latest player to be ruled out of Celtic’s crunch tie at home to Ajax.
The enforced will be out for up to 12 weeks and Ronny Deila’s squad is stretched with Kris Commons injured and fellow midfielders Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen banned.
Brown’s experience and Commons’ guile will be especially missed and without those four it’s difficult to see Celtic picking up the points they need to keep their hopes alive.
On the evidence of the Scots’ displays and defeats against Molde the logical conclusion is to back an Ajax win at 2-1 with Betfred but they too some injury woes.
Celtic have failed to win in their last nine Europa League ties but Ajax are without a victory in five on the road and just one in 11.
The punt everyone will look ar though is over 2.5 match goals and both to score will also be popular. All Celtic’s group games have brought up this market and overs pays 5-6 at McBookie and btts is 8-13 at bet365.
Commons’ absence though makes me think twice about whether Celtic will score as most of their good stuff in Europe this season has come from the Englishman.
The other game sees qualified Molde entertain Fenerbahce and I don’t see the Norwegians losing having won 3-1 in Turkey and beaten Celtic twice.
Milik to score
Molde not to lose
|Paddy Power||2 Up - You win! Paddy Power will pay you as a winner straight away if your team goes 2 goals up at any stage in the game. Ends Jan 9th.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Racebets||Use code WELCOME for up to £50 matched bonus when you join Racebets.||CLAIM OFFER|
|Marathonbet||Get a £20 matched bonus when you open a new account at Marathonbet. Use code TV20||CLAIM OFFER|
|Coral||Opt in to Coral's Bet & Get Club and receive a free £5 bet each week.||CLAIM OFFER|
|BetVictor||Bet £10 Get £60 when you open a new account at BetVictor.||CLAIM OFFER|