Craig Gordon picks out five Celtic players crucial to beating Salzburg

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Celtic face a huge Europa League test this week when they take on the impressive Red Bull Salzburg.

Celtic face Red Bull Salzburg tonight, well aware of the talented side facing them.

The Austrians game them a very competitive game in the earlier encounter, ending in a 2-2 draw.

They face an in-form striker in Jonatan Soriano who has scored a staggering 28 goals in 26 games this season already.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon will clearly have a big task keeping him quiet, but when the stopper was interviewed ahead of the clash, he picked out three other Celtic players he views as integral to the sides' success.

He told the club's website: "The two centre-halves will be vital, especially in this game with the threat Salzburg possess.

“Broony and Charlie in the middle will have to try and take control of the game in there and Stefan Johansen has been fantastic over the past few weeks, and if we can get the ball forward hopefully we have guys at the other end of the pitch that can nick us a goal.”

Johansen netted in the last Europa League game against Astras, and Gordon clearly sees the side being won through possession and dominances in the middle of the park.

Centre-backs Jason Denayer and Virgil van Dijk face a huge challenge with Soriano, and both have the opportunity to substantially enhance their reputations by keeping the freescoring forward quiet.

A win will take Celtic above Salzburg with one game to go, currently two points behind.

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