CELTIC fans will warm to Ronny Deila if he can melt the Icemen on Tuesday night.
The new boss hopes to mark his competitive debut with a Champions League victory away to KR Reykjavik but don't expect fireworks.
Celtic prepared by winning two and drawing two friendlies in Austria but won't be anything near full speed. Deila's made the point the club's most important games are right at the start of the season and that's definitely a problem but players have plenty of Champions League experience and that should be a help.
Reykjavic are 11 games into their season but have lost four of them, scoring just 15 goals, so shouldn't cause the Hoops too many problems.
With the second leg at Murrayfield next week instead of Celtic Park the Hoops will be keen to start with at least a goal advantage and are 21-20 at Stan James minus one.
Deila has plenty of strike options at his disposal and has decided to go with Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes at the expense of Teemu Pukki.
Kris Commons was Celtic's star man last season and is 7-2 favourite at Coral to get punters off to a flier with the opener and I'm going with him.
KR's biggest threat is likely to come from English forward Gary Martin who has netted 13 goals in 22 appearances since signing from Akranes. Martin has banged in four in five games and is 10-1 at bet365 and others to break the deadlock. Van Dijk is 7-1 at boylesports to net at any time.
Celtic -1 (8pm)
(21-20, Stan James)
Commons to score first
Celtic to win to nil