Gladbach put a damper on Celtic's European ambitions with a 2-0 win at Celtic Park last time out, a feat even Man City failed to match. Captain Lars Stindl was in fine form and A German Team (a nickname the club has now embraced) dominated on their way to a comfortable win that put them just a point behind City halfway through the group stage. They played to a goalless draw on Friday against Frankfurt - a result that can be forgiven as they played and won a German Cup match only three days prior. Stindl scored again in that match, along with American Fabian Johnson. Gladbach have struggled for goals overall this season, however, scoring only 10 in 9 Bundesliga matches. A repeat of their fluid performance last time against Celtic is much needed. Opposite them, Celtic continue to predictably cruise in the Scottish Premiership with a +23 goal difference after 10 matches. But, it'll be their progress in Europe that defines their season. With Moussa Dembélé sure to be sought after in the transfer market, they need to make the most of his presence while they still can.
Gladbach made easy work of their Champions League play-off, defeating Swiss side Young Boys 9-2 on aggregate, after qualifying by finishing 4th in the Bundesliga. They lost Granit Xhaka to Arsenal, who would have been handy against Barcelona and Man City, but maintain their attacking trio of Brazilian forward Raffael, Lars Stindl and American Fabian Johnson. They’re a solid, dangerous side, but it would be a definite surprise for them to make it out of this incredibly tough group. That doesn’t mean Gladbach shouldn’t be ignored - they make for great viewing and won’t go out easily.
By beating Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva in their playoff, Celtic are back in the group stage after missing out for two straight years. Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers began to put his stamp on the club by signing former Fulham hot prospect Moussa Dembele, despite interest from various EPL clubs, along with EPL journeyman Scott Sinclair and two time Premier League winning defender, Kolo Toure. Striker Leigh Griffiths will again lead the line after scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season. After having a few comfortable years in the Scottish Premier League without rivals Rangers, proving themselves in the Champions League is necessary to be seen as more than just a big fish in a very small pond.
Scored 8 goals last season, two of which came in the Champions League against Juventus and Sevilla.
Started in goal for all four of Switzerland's Euro 2016 matches, including a clean sheet against France.