Andris Treimanis will referee Celtic vs Cluj tomorrow
The referee for tomorrow’s Champions League qualifier between Celtic and Cluj has been confirmed as Andris Treimanis.
The Latvian takes charge of his second Hoops match in European competition.
Despite being the whistler in a Celtic ‘home game’, Treimanis has never been to Parkhead. That’s because the last time he was in Scotland was at Murrayfield against KR Reykjavik.
Celtic hoping history repeats itself with Andris Treimanis
The 34-year-old Latvian will take the reins in his first match at Celtic Park tomorrow.
Celtic’s third round qualifier with Romanians CFR Cluj is poised at 1-1. Last Wednesday, the hosts took the deserved lead before James Forrest popped up with an equaliser.
Neil Lennon’s men have the all important away goal which could just be what separates both sides.
Nevertheless, when Treimanis was the referee in a Celtic match the last time, it was a special performance that we will want repeated again.
Celtic defeated the Icelandic champions KR Reykjavic at Murrayfield while Parkhead hosted the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
The Bhoys destroyed their opponents 4-0 with goals from Virgil van Dijk and Teemu Pukki.
Perhaps a positive, the Latvian whistler didn’t book any players during the tie.
However, Treimanis can expect a feisty affair on his first visit to Paradise.
Celtic must keep composure against CFR Cluj
The tie is on a knife edge despite the all important away goal.
Cluj are a formidable team and are more than capable of scoring one for themselves.
If Celtic go about their job professionally, they will see the tie through to the next round.
However, Lennon’s men must be careful and make sure not to get drawn into a brawl.
The team must also keep the head if they concede as the fans may turn as the night progresses.
Brendan Rodgers always talked about patience on nights like this and despite his absence this must continue.
If all goes to plan, then the one everyone is waiting for is coming against Slavia Prague.
It will be a far harder challenge next week against the Czech champions but another game Celtic can compete in.