Kalju Nomme, the upcoming Champions League opponents of Celtic, face a tough warm-up league clash on Friday evening.
The Estonian champions currently sit fourth in the Meistriliiga just beyond the halfway stage. They are ten points behind league leaders Flora Tallinn so could do with maximum points when Paide visit them on Friday.
It won’t be an easy clash though. The visitors sit above Kalju on goal difference after 19 matches.
If the Pink Panthers wanted a nice easy match before their lengthy trip to Glasgow, they didn’t get it.
Would Celtic rather have Kalju warm-up this weekend?
Neil Lennon’s side played their final pre-season friendly last weekend so they’ll have the luxury of a weekend off this time around.
However, Lennon may feel that having another match wouldn’t have been a bad thing. He could have given the likes of Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo a chance to show what they can do ahead of potential starts in the Kalju first leg.
As it is, he’ll just have to hope that his team are ready when the Estonians come calling on Wednesday. Celtic do seem like they’re in a good position ahead of the crunch upcoming qualifiers.
However, caution must be urged. Last year, the side were firing on all cylinders in their opening couple of ties before coming undone against AEK Athens. Lennon will be keen to avoid a repeat this year.