Looking to book their place in the Champions League group stages, Celtic face a real journey in to the unknown as they head to Kazakhstan to face Shakhter Karaganda in the final qualifying round.
With far more experience in European football than their opponents, the Hoops are Boylesports’ 6/5 favourites to secure a first leg lead in Astana while the ‘home’ side, playing over a hundred miles from their own stadium, are 13/5 at BetVictor to take an advantage to Glasgow.
Given how little is known about the hosts’ line-up, it’s a tough-to-call encounter but the Kazakh outfit are certainly ambitious and fancy their chances. It’s also a long journey for Neil Lennon’s men and you get the feeling the Celtic boss would settle for a draw, confident that his team would get the job done on their own patch.
William Hill’s 12/5 for it to finish all square stands out then, especially after the Bhoys drew at Elfsborg in their last tie and indeed a repeat of the goalless scoreline from that one is worth considering at 9/1 via Skybet.
Shakhter Karaganda and Celtic to draw 0-0 – 9/1 (Skybet)