Neil Lennon’s side go into the Stockholm decider with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and know that any victory, draw or narrow defeat will see them into the Europa League group stage.
As always on the European stage, the Hoops will be backed by a sizeable travelling support. However, fans unable to make the short pilgrimage to Sweden will be able to watch the game from home – should they have Premier Sports.
The relatively new company will show the match on Premier Sports 1 with kick-off coming at 6pm.
🇸🇪 AIK vs @CelticFC 🍀
⏰ KO 6pm
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— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) August 26, 2019
Will Premier Sports make for pleasant viewing for Celtic fans?
The early Swedish kick-off means that Celtic could be among the first sides to officially book their place from qualifying into the Europa League.
The performance and result in the East End of Glasgow were pretty good without being spectacular. Celtic played the occasion well and kept a clean sheet at home, which is perhaps the most important part of knockout football nowadays.
A goal over in Sweden would leave AIK needing four to win the tie and that looks a tall order. However, there is still a feeling that there could be a scare or too over in the Swedish capital. The Celtic defence looked far from perfect in the weekend win over Hearts and any AIK scouts in attendance would have relayed the message back to their homeland that we’re there to be got at.
As is always the case in European away matches, we must start the occasion well and give little or no encouragement to the hosts. If we can see out the likely barrage in the first 20 minutes and settle in to the match then we should be able to pick them off as the game goes on.
Rikard Norling’s side will have to throw caution to the wind at some stage. Hopefully we can pick them off when it matters. It should be an interesting game of cat and mouse.