After hard-fought losses to AC Milan and Barcelona Celtic will relish the chance to display more attacking intent with Ajax in town, and there are plenty of reasons to back the Bhoys to record a first win of their European campaign at odds of 7/5.
Celtic have only lost four of their past 25 Champions League home games.
Celtic Park’s atmosphere is renowned for its fervour, with even battle-hardened crooner Rod Stewart unable to keep the tears at bay when overwhelmed by their win over Barcelona last season.
The Catalan side have won three times at Celtic in the Champions League, with Juventus the only other side to beat them in Scotland in their last 25 games.
Including the qualifying rounds of the tournament, Celtic have won eight of their last 11 at home, a stern record Ajax will struggle to overturn.
Ajax have not won away this season.
Thrown into chaos by the departures of Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, Ajax have yet to settle this season and their form on the road has been dire.
Their recent 1-1 draw at FC Twente was preceded by 4-0 losses to Barcelona and PSV and Frank de Boer’s side have yet to register an away win anywhere in six attempts this campaign.
Last season the optimistically-nicknamed Sons of the Gods lost two of their three away games in the Champions League, with a draw at a hapless Manchester City their only away point.
Ajax have conceded 24 goals in their last nine Champions League games.
Celtic have had some difficulty in finding the net in Europe, drawing a blank in their last four Champions League proper matches.
However, those games were against Juventus twice, Barcelona and Milan, and they should find the going far easier against a porous Ajax backline that has already conceded five in Europe this campaign.
In their six away games in all competitions, Ajax have allowed their opponents to score 16 times, and Celtic’s strikers will licking their lips at the prospect of the Dutch side’s open style.