Manchester United loanee among three Zagreb stars who can upset Celtic

Celtic Parkhead

Angelo Henriquez is already off the mark for Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League, since moving to the club from Manchester United on a season-long loan.

Celtic head into Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Dinamo Zagreb as favourites for victory at Parkhead but after suffering slip-ups to the likes of NK Maribor and Legia Warsaw, few are taking anything for granted ahead of the visit of the Croatians.

With an Algeria World Cup hero, the competitions youngest ever scorer and ‘the next Chicharito’ among their ranks, the Plavi have plenty in the way of match-winners – here are three to look out for.

El Arbi Hillel Soudani

The current Europa League top-scorer after netting a first-half hat-trick against group whipping boys Astra, Soudani showed that impressive haul against the Romanian minnows was no fluke by scoring a brace in Dinamo’s subsequent Croatian league fixture with high-flying Rijeka.

Part of the Algeria squad that progressed to the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil, the 26-year-old arrived in Zagreb from Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes in a bargain €900,000 deal two years ago. With 28 goals in 59 games for the Croatian side, he could be their biggest goal threat.

Take a look at some of Soudani's best goals.

 

Ante Coric

Dinamo dominated the headlines on Europa League Matchday One, with Soudani’s first-half hat-trick proving a particular highlight coupled with a late goal for Ante Coric that saw the attacking midfielder become the youngest goal scorer in the history of the competition at 17 years and 157 days.

Regarded as next exciting talent to follow in the footsteps of Mateo Kovacic and Alen Halilovic with a big money move abroad, Coric previously starred for the Croatia under-18 team in two friendly victories over the young Three Lions side and looks ready to make a mark in this competition.

Here's a memorable goal Coric scored for Dinamo's youth side in a UEFA Youth League encounter with Atletico Madrid.

 

Angelo Henriquez

Signed by Manchester United two years ago, the 20-year-old Mexican was labelled the new Javier Hernandez upon his arrival at Manchester United, though he has not been given much of a chance to show what he can do for the Red Devils with Henriquez yet to feature for the first-team in the Premier League.

Instead, loans with Wigan Athletic and Real Zaragoza have followed, with a haul of six goals in 25 appearances for the latter showing some glimpse of his potential. Now in Croatia on another season-long stint, Henriquez was among the goals against Astra and has scored four in seven appearances for Dinamo – don’t be surprised to see him get on the scoresheet here.

Here are Henriquez's personal highlights from the 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey

Which of these players is likely to pose the biggest threat to Celtic?

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