Celtic v Valencia: Emilio Izaguirre match nonetheless no self-discipline for Kieran Tierney – BBC Sport

Celtic fleshy-relieve Kieran Tierney is relieve in coaching nonetheless no longer match ample to approach relieve in opposition to Valencia

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Celtic will proceed without left-relieve Kieran Tierney when Valencia search recommendation from on Europa League responsibility on Thursday.

Absent since mid-December with a hip complaint, the 21-twelve months-extinct is relieve in coaching nonetheless is doubtlessly no longer method to be for the first leg of the round of 32 tie.

Emilio Izaguirre overlooked Sunday’s Scottish Cup have interaction over St Johnstone with an ankle knock nonetheless is match to approach relieve.

Fellow defender Jozo Simunovic is available after being withdrawn at half time feeling ill at the weekend.

Midfielder Olivier Ntcham has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring complaint and joins Filip Benkovic, Tom Rogic, Eboue Kouassi and Anthony Ralston on the sidelines.

Brendan Rodgers’ facet like received all seven fits done in 2019, without conceding a goal.

But Celtic like by no manner evolved previous the round of 32 in the Europa League after defeats to Inter Milan (2015) and Zenit St Petersburg closing twelve months.

“We are at the suitable degree we would presumably be at with regards to the originate up we now like made to the 2nd phase (of the season) and moreover to the degree of our recreation,” acknowledged the manager.

“The depth is at a extremely high degree and regardless of our opponents that’s what we continuously strive to realize in the recreation, with regards to pressing the recreation and taking part in at a extremely high tempo and like that in some unspecified time in the future of the Ninety minutes.

“The root is to be in actuality aggressive defensively, stable and compact as a personnel and obviously stare to be as inventive and attacking as we can.”

Valencia ‘no longer aged to shedding’

Valencia, who completed zero.33 in the relieve of Juventus and Manchester United in their Champions League community, are eighth in La Liga.

The site visitors like reached this stage of the competition on four times, going through whenever.

Argentina defender Facundo Roncaglia is suspended for the Spanish facet, while Jose Luis Gaya and Rodrigo Moreno like joined a lengthy harm listing.

But the site visitors had been able to welcome relieve feeble PSG and Benfica winger Gonaclo Guedes as a 2nd-half substitute after two months out with a groin harm.

Rodgers described Valencia as “a great personnel”, at the side of: “They’re no longer aged to shedding, they like got appropriate lost four (league) video games this season so the mentality is to like interplay.

“They’ve drawn some video games nonetheless they are a extremely staunch facet, filled with technical avid gamers, with staunch physicality nonetheless that’s what you quiz at this degree.”

The clubs met in the zero.33 round of the Uefa Cup in 2001-02, with all sides winning 1-zero at home and Valencia prevailing in a penalty shoot-out in Glasgow.

Valencia moreover triumphed in the first round of the 1962-63 Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup, 6-four on aggregate, with the Spaniards occurring to retain the trophy.

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