The big games are coming thick and fast for Celtic at the moment and Thursday night’s second Europa League encounter won’t be any different.

LOSC Lille currently sit second in Ligue 1 in France and only lie behind Champions PSG on goal difference.

They are unbeaten in all competitions and so far this season haven’t conceded a goal at home since and opening day 1-1 draw with Rennes. A nice easy trip to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy for Celtic then?

The Manager

Manager Christophe Galtier has been in charge at Lille since 2017, following seven and a half years as manager with St Ettienne.

Galtier cut his teeth as assistant manager at Marseille where he was a constant assistant to the likes of Bernard Casoni, and Javier Clemente, before settling into this most important relationship of his coaching career.

Galtier really made his name in the game as assistant Alain Perrin, initially at Portsmouth before joining his mentor at Sochaux, Lyon and eventually St Etienne.

When Perrin left there Galtier stepped up into the manager’s role and impressed enough over 361 games to become the manager at highly ambitious Lille. It’s safe to say he’s done a fine job.

In his first season Lille finished 17th in Ligue 1 and 12 months later had improved to second place. Last season in a curtailed French league due to the Covid 19 crisis he was again sitting 4th when the league was called.



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