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Celtic star Guidetti set for reunion with French tormentor

The Sweden international could be in line for a start against France in a friendly that may see him line-up against old foe Layvin Kurzawa.

John Guidetti’s fine form for Celtic was enough to earn the 22-year-old a call up to the Sweden national team but if the Bhoys loan hero is to truly impress he may have to get past old adversay Layvin Kurzawa.

The former Manchester City star had something of a run-in with the AS Monaco defender during last month’s Euro under-21 qualification play-off between their respective nations.

With France leading 2-0 from the first leg, Sweden fought back to lead 3-0 and 3-2 on aggregate in the return fixture with a place in the finals but just as it looked like the Scandinavians were set to progress Kurzawa popped up with a goal for Les Bleus three minutes from time.

The 22-year-old celebrated with a mock salute in the faces of several Sweden youngsters – Guidetti among them – seemingly confident that France, now heading through on away goals, had done enough.

Except they hadn’t.  A minute later Oscar Lewicki scored for Sweden, sending them through 4-3 on aggregate and prompting numerous Sweden players to seek out Kurzawa and replicate the salute celebration.

Guidetti was chief among the culprits, keen for the Monaco star to get his comeuppance for an act that was entirely unnecessary, with Kurzawa even labelled "a moron" by Raymond Domenech.

The Celtic striker was seen mocking the defender with the celebration long after the final whistle and while the dust may have settled on that incident, the friendly encounter between Sweden and France could have extra spice as a result.

With key players likely to be rested by both side Guidetti and Kurzawa could be in line for starting spots and another potentially feisty encounter.

Let’s just hope there are no more ill-timed goal celebrations.

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