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Europa League matchday two: Celtic and Rangers team news, starting XIs, TV

Celtic manager Rodgers wants to see a clinical display against Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg vs. Celtic

  • What: Europa League group B 
  • When: Thursday 4 October 
  • Where: Red Bull Arena, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria 
  • Kick-off: 5.55pm (UK time) 
  • TV channel: live on BT Sport 3

Brendan Rodgers has urged his Celtic side to be clinical in front of goal when they take on Red Bull Salzburg in Austria today.

The Scottish champions are level with Salzburg on three points after one match in group B and Rodgers said: “They score goals but we also know they concede goals as well. There’s going to be opportunities for us. At this level, it’s about being clinical.”

The BBC reports that Odsonne Edouard has recovered from a knock but Celtic will be without Tom Rogic, Kristoffer Ajer, Filip Benkovic and Nir Bitton. The Daily Record also reports that Rodgers may not risk skipper Scott Brown.

Celtic’s match in Austria kicks off at 5.55pm and the other group B fixture, Rosenborg vs. RB Leipzig, starts at the same time.

Possible starting XI

How Celtic could line up against Red Bull Salzburg, according to talkSPORT.

  • Celtic possible starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic; Forrest, Brown, Mulumbu, Tierney; Ntcham, McGregor, Edouard

Rangers vs. Rapid Vienna

  • What: Europa League group G 
  • When: Thursday 4 October 
  • Where: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow 
  • Kick-off: 8pm (UK time) 
  • TV channel: live on BT Sport 3

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says his side will “respect” opponents Rapid Vienna but he wants to see a victory at Ibrox tonight.

The Glasgow club are second in group G after drawing 2-2 with Villarreal two weeks ago while Rapid beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 to go top.

Gerrard said: “We respect this team but we are looking for a win. This is a level that we all want to be involved in and to show Rapid how good a team we are at home.”

Sky Sports reports that Gerrard could make a number of changes after Rangers were beaten 1-0 by Livingston on Sunday.

The group G match between Rangers and Rapid kicks off at 8pm, as does Spartak Moscow vs. Villarreal.

Possible starting XI

How Rangers could line up at Ibrox tonight, according to talkSPORT.

  • Rangers possible starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; McCrorie, Coulibaly, Arfield; Candeias, Morelos, Kent

Europa League TV guide

BT Sport will show all Europa League matches across its network. In today’s 5.55pm matches Red Bull Salzburg vs. Celtic is live on BT Sport 3 while Qarabag vs. Arsenal in live on BT Sport 2. The 8pm kick-offs will see Chelsea vs. MOL Vidi broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and Rangers vs. Rapid Vienna is on BT Sport 3.

Europa League fixtures 

Tonight’s matches and kick-off times (all UK).

  • Group A: Bayer Leverkusen vs. AEK Larnaca (5.55pm); Zurich vs. Ludogorets Razgrad (5.55pm) 
  • Group B: Red Bull Salzburg vs. Celtic (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 3); Rosenborg vs. RB Leipzig (5.55pm) 
  • Group C: Bordeaux vs. Copenhagen (5.55pm); Zenit St Petersburg vs. Slavia Prague (5.55pm) 
  • Group D: Fenerbahce vs. Spartak Trnava (5.55pm); Anderlecht vs. Dinamo Zagreb (5.55pm) 
  • Group E: Qarabag vs. Arsenal (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 2); Vorskla Poltava vs. Sporting Lisbon (5.55pm) 
  • Group F: AC Milan vs. Olympiakos (5.55pm); Real Betis vs. F91 Dudelange (5.55pm) 
  • Group G: Rangers vs. Rapid Vienna (8pm, live on BT Sport 3); Spartak Moscow vs. Villarreal (8pm) 
  • Group H: Apollon Limassol vs. Marseille (8pm); Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Lazio (8pm) 
  • Group I: Malmo vs. Besiktas (8pm); Sarpsborg 08 vs. Genk (8pm) 
  • Group J: Krasnodar vs. Sevilla (8pm); Standard Liege vs. Akhisarspor (8pm) 
  • Group K: Astana vs. Rennes (3.50pm); Jablonec vs. Dynamo Kiev (8pm) 
  • Group L: BATE Borisov vs. PAOK Salonika (8pm); Chelsea vs. MOL Vidi (8pm, live on BT Sport 2)

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