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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.
Great start for Ronny Deila's men in Slovenia...
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.
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...
As well as this here blog, we also have LIVE commentary on tonight's action in Maribor...
LIVE: Maribor v Celtic
Official: Rojo completes Manchester United move
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.
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
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.
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.
Celtic team to play Maribor: Gordon; Lustig, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; McGregor, Mulgrew, Kayal, Johansen, Berget; Stokes #UCL (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 20, 2014
Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Bitton, Commons, Pukki, Griffiths, Henderson (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 20, 2014
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.
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
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?
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