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Maribor 0-1 Celtic, Standard Liege 0-0 Zenit - Champions League LIVE!
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19:55 BST

20/08/2014

CELTIC LEAD!

The Scottish champions couldn't have asked for a better start, with Callum McGregor in the right place to slot into an empty net after Jo Inge Berget's angled shot was saved by Jasmin Handanovic.

19:51 BST

20/08/2014

GOAL! MARIBOR 0-1 CELTIC (MCGREGOR)

Great start for Ronny Deila's men in Slovenia...

19:49 BST

20/08/2014

BRIGHT START

Celtic, despite playing a 4-5-1 formation, certainly aren't sitting back in the early stages, with lone striker Anthony Stokes already looking to get involved and work the whole of the Maribor defence.

19:45 BST

20/08/2014

KICK-OFF

We're underway across Europe. You can't qualify for the group stage tonight, but you can all but miss out on your chance of making it. A big 90 minutes lies ahead...

19:42 BST

20/08/2014

Teams are in the tunnel in Slovenia. Having been given a second chance at Champions League football, can Celtic make it count? A win tonight would put them in the driving seat ahead of the home leg.

19:38 BST

20/08/2014

LIVE COMMENTARY

As well as this here blog, we also have LIVE commentary on tonight's action in Maribor...

LIVE: Maribor v Celtic

19:32 BST

20/08/2014

While we wait for the kick-offs tonight, why not follow the developing story on Marcos Rojo's move to Manchester United? I expect you back for 19:45 though, and we won't wait for any latecomers. No excuses...

Official: Rojo completes Manchester United move

19:27 BST

20/08/2014

THE CHAMPIOOOOONS

Makes the hairs on the back of your next stand up, doesn't it?

19:24 BST

20/08/2014

We're now just 20 minutes away from kick-off in tonight's playoffs, and after Arsenal failed to find a vital away win in Turkey last night, Celtic will be hopeful they can put themselves in pole position for a group stage berth. Remember, this is a team who beat Barcelona and reached the last 16 in 2012-13. Surely they have enough to again make the competition proper again, don't they?

19:20 BST

20/08/2014

#ROJOISRED

One team who won't be playing in the Champions League this year are Manchester United, but that hasn't stopped them making the headlines this evening. Marcos Rojo has signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford having left Sporting Lisbon, with Nani going in the opposite direction on loan.

19:15 BST

20/08/2014

Apparently the weather in Maribor isn't the best ahead of kick-off, but that hasn't put off the supporters from Glasgow arriving in their numbers...

19:08 BST

20/08/2014

The transfer news just doesn't stop, with Goal understanding Lokomotiv Moscow have made a move for Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote.

Tiote would certainly be used to the cold climate in Russia having played in the North East for four years...

Lokomotiv Moscow eye up Tiote
 

19:01 BST

20/08/2014

CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS

Maribor have also announced their line-up ahead of kick-off...

Maribor: Handanovic; Stojanovic, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler; Vrsic, Filipovic, Dervisevic, Bohar; Tavares, Ibraimi.
Subs: Arghus, Cotman, Mejac, Mendy, Mertelj, Sallalich, Zahovic.

18:55 BST

20/08/2014

TEAM NEWS: ORIGI STARTS

A bit of line-up news from one of this evening's other matches is that new Liverpool signing Divock Origi starts for Lille having been sent back to the French club on loan. The Ligue 1 side face Porto this evening in one of the playoffs' standout ties. I'm sure Brendan Rodgers is rooting for the French side so his new acquisition can get some valuable Champions League experience.
 

18:48 BST

20/08/2014

So, that late flight has proved too late for Efe Ambrose to be deemed fit to start, with Mikael Lustig instead in at right-back. Young defender Jason Denayer, who joined on loan from Manchester City last week, is handed a Champions League debut at the heart of the Celtic defence.

18:44 BST

20/08/2014

CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS


18:42 BST

20/08/2014

Celtic are taking in the stadium for this evening's game, with Maribor's Stadion Ljudski vrt a far cry from Parkhead on a big European night...

18:39 BST

20/08/2014

TEAM NEWS

The line-ups for tonight's matches should be landing in the next 10-15 minutes, but for now we know that Celtic defender Efe Ambrose could be involved after being told his suspension for a red card against Legia Warsaw now no longer stands due to the match result having been voided.

The Nigerian international arrived later than the rest of the squad due to the confusion, but could start with Adam Matthews out with a calf injury.

18:34 BST

20/08/2014

While the build-up to tonight's matches continue around Europe, the transfer window is still causing it's usual uproar among supporters, managers, players, agents... basically anyone who has a passing interest in the beautiful game.

Two big Premier League stories have broken in the last 30 minutes, with Manchester City announcing a new four-year deal for Edin Dzeko while QPR have completed the signing of Leroy Fer.

Dzeko signs new deal | Fer joins QPR | Goal's LIVE transfer blog
 

18:26 BST

20/08/2014

WHO ARE MARIBOR?

After their very fortunate reprieve, Celtic will have been preparing hard for tonight's trip to Slovenia. NK Maribor are the most successful side to come out of their country, and are the only Slovenian side to have ever played in the Champions League. Their star players include winger Agim Ibraimi, who spent last year playing for Cagliari in Serie A and reportedly was a Celtic target this summer. They are known as Vijoličasti - The Purples - and are managed by experienced coach Ante Simundza.

But of course you already knew all that, right?