Celtic take on FC Barcelona at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in the International Champions Cup on Saturday afternoon.
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Celtic face FC Barcelona this Saturday in particularly odd circumstances for pre-season, with their Champions League qualifying campaign already under way.
The SPL champions drew 1-1 away to Astana on Tuesday afternoon, given them a great opportunity to make the play-off stage for the Champions League.
Cork native Eoghan O’Connell was on target in Celtic’s pre-season match with Wolfsburg last week, and he will be part of the travelling squad who will take on Barcelona.
Along with O’Connell will be Tuesday’s hero Leigh Griffiths, scoring the Bhoy’s vital away goal at Astana.
FC Barcelona Betting News
FC Barcelona meanwhile take on Celtic FC in what will be their first pre-season friendly of the summer.
FC Barcelona of course won La Liga last season, their second consecutive Spanish title under the management of Luis Enrique.
Lionel Messi is set to play some part in Saturday’s clash, as well as former Liverpool star Luis Suarez.
However, the likes of Andres Iniesta will not play, due to his involvement with Spain in the European Championships.
Celtic FC vs FC Barcelona Match Prediction
Celtic’s minds will surely be on their Champions League clash with Astana this coming Wednesday, and not on this friendly match which despite it’s glamour, is getting in the way of a very important game.
Although FC Barcelona are only beginning their pre-season they should have too much for the Glasgow based club, and win comfortably.