Celtic take on HJK Helsinki in Finland in the first round of the UEFA youth league today. The game kicks off at 17:30 (CET) and you can keep up with all the action by clicking here. Celtic will be hoping for a better campaign than last where they went out at the group stages after just one win.
The UEFA Youth league is an association football competition for all under age players registered to the 32 senior clubs that qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, plus 32 domestic youth champions.
It is Helsinki’s first time in the UEFA youth league and they will be looking to make an impact by knocking out the Scottish side. A potential danger man for the Finnish side is 17 year old forward Lassi Lappalainen who has scored 6 goals in 13 games so far in 2013.
17 year old Celtic forward Calvin Millar already knows what it is like to play at a youth tournament as he featured for Scotland in the UEFA European U17s championships in a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.
The youngest player in Celtic's squad at just 15 year old Jack Atchison.
Celtic are favourites heading into the game but development coach Tommy Mcintyre will not be taking Helsinki lightly. “We won’t under-estimate Helsinki and the information we have on them tells us that they are a very accomplished team. They have four or five players that have played in the first-team as well so they’ll have experience from that”.
It is a two legged affair with Celtic hosting the return leg on the 20th of October at the Livingston arena back in Scotland
Here is a list of the other fixtures in the first round of the UEFA Youth League:
Villarreal vs Servette
Rad vs NK Domzale
Spartak Moscow vs Ravan
APOEL vs Felscut
Aktobe vs Besiktas
Schalke vs Ajax
FK Pribram vs Zimbru
Elfsborg vs Stjarnan
Litex vs Legia Warsaw
Red Bull Salzburg vs Zeljeznicar
Midtjyland vs Saburtalo
Reims vs Middlesbrough
Brann vs Anderlecht