Celtic travel to Austria in midweek to take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League.

The Bhoys endured their worst start to a season in 20 years but have recovered of late, picking up wins in the League Cup and then against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

But a difficult challenge awaits them in midweek as they make the trip over to Salzburg.

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Celtic won their opening game of the Europa League group stage, beating Rosenborg 1-0.

Can they find a way to pick up another three points? What can Celtic expect when they face RB Salzburg?

We take a closer look at Thursday’s opposition.

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Manager

Marco Rose is Brendan Rodgers’ opposite man on Thursday evening.

The 42-year-old has been with RB Salzburg since last year and he boasts an impressive win record of nearly 70 per cent.

Top scorers

Moanes Dabour has scored eight goals in 10 games this season. (Photo by David Geieregger/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Israel international Moanes Dabour is the main marksman for the hosts. He has netted eight goals in 10 games this campaign.

Bosnian international Smail Prevljak, 23, has only started three games (and come off the bench three times) but he has four goals to his name.

Frederik Gulbrandsen, Takumi Minamino, Xaver Schlager and Amadou Haidara all have two goals this term.

Key players

Other than the aforementioned goal scorers, Zlatko Junuzovic is a talented and experienced man in midfield.

 

Andreas Ulmer leads by example as he captains the side from left-back.

League form

Well, what can you say? RB Salzburg have won every single game they have played this season.

It is nine games and nine wins for RB Salzburg, who already sit seven points clear at the top with a goal difference of 17.

European form

Like Celtic, RB Salzburg started the season in the Champions League qualifiers.

After brushing aside Macedonian challengers Shkendija, RB Salzburg lost out to Red Star on penalties at the final hurdle.

As a result, they dropped into the Europa League. But RB Salzburg started in decent form.

Meeting fellow Red Bull side RB Leipzig, Rose’s men picked up a 3-2 win away from home, courtesy of a late Gulbrandsen strike.

Previous meetings

Mubarak Wakaso gave Celtic the lead at RB Salzburg in 2014 but the game ended 2-2. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

These two sides have only met twice in history – in the Europa League back in 2014.

Celtic managed to pick up a respectable 2-2 draw in Austria in September 2014.

The Bhoys twice led through Mubarak Wakaso and Scott Brown but were pegged back both times.

Then, at Celtic Park, RB Salzburg ran out 3-1 winners. Stefan Johansen scored for Celtic but Liverpool new boy Naby Keita scored a 90th minute goal to ensure victory for the Austrians.

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