Celtic's Champions League tussles with Barcelona

Celtic's Scott Brown closes down Andres Iniesta of Barcelona during their Champions League match in Glasgow in October 2013
Celtic's Scott Brown closes down Andres Iniesta of Barcelona during their Champions League match in Glasgow in October 2013

"We're back where we belong," stated Celtic's chief executive Peter Lawwell after the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco.

Certainly, being drawn against Barcelona in Group C, along with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, had a familiar look about it.

When Celtic line up against Barca at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, it will be the ninth time the teams have met in the Champions League.

Before that, the clubs played one another in the Fairs Cup in 1964 and in the Uefa Cup in 2004.

From those 12 matches, Celtic have registered two wins to Barca's seven, with three games drawn.

Here's a reminder of how Celtic have fared against their illustrious opponents in Europe's premier competition.

14 September 2004: Celtic 1-3 Barcelona

Henrik Larsson chips in Barcelona's third goal against his former club
Henrik Larsson chips in Barcelona's third goal against his former club

Celtic favourite Henrik Larsson returned to his old stamping ground in the colours of Barcelona to end his former club's unbeaten home record in the Champions League.

Deco put the visitors ahead and the impressive David Marshall saved a Ronaldinho penalty kick.

Chris Sutton slid in an equaliser for the hosts but Ludovic Giuly's deflected shot put Barca back in front before second-half substitute Larsson's coolly finished third.

Celtic: Marshall, Agathe, Balde, Varga, McNamara (Sylla 80), Petrov, Lennon, Thompson, Juninho Paulista (Sutton 45), Hartson (Valgaeren 63), Camara. Subs Not Used: Douglas, Pearson, Lambert, McGeady.

Booked: Hartson, Juninho Paulista, McNamara.

Goals: Sutton 59.

Barcelona: Valdes, Belletti, Puyol, Marquez (Oleguer 62), Van Bronckhorst, Deco, Gerard, Xavi, Giuly, Eto'o (Iniesta 74), Ronaldinho (Larsson 62). Subs Not Used: Ruben Martinez, Sylvinho, Gabri, Fernando.

Booked: Marquez.

Goals: Deco 20, Giuly 78, Larsson 82.

Match report.

24 November 2004: Barcelona 1-1 Celtic

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill and Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill passes on instructions to his players while Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard looks on

A strong defensive display by Celtic, guided by Martin O'Neill, earned them a Champions League draw at the Nou Camp, but it was not enough to reach the knockout stages.

Barcelona dominated the first period and Samuel Eto'o put them in front, but Magnus Hedman made two good saves for Celtic.

Celtic rarely threatened but John Hartson prodded in a Stiliyan Petrov free-kick on the stroke of half-time to level.

Barcelona: Valdes, Belletti, Puyol, Oleguer, Sylvinho (Van Bronckhorst 45), Xavi, Marquez, Deco, Giuly (Iniesta 60), Eto'o, Ronaldinho. Subs Not Used: Ruben Martinez, Gerard, Fernando, Messi, Rodri.

Booked: Marquez.

Goals: Eto'o 25.

Celtic: Hedman, Agathe, Balde, Valgaeren, Varga (Camara 65), McNamara, Petrov, Lennon, Thompson (Wallace 86), Sutton, Hartson. Subs Not Used: Marshall, Juninho Paulista, Pearson, Laursen, McGeady.

Booked: Lennon.

Goals: Hartson 45.

Match report

20 February 2008: Celtic 2-3 Barcelona

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barca's third at Celtic Park
Lionel Messi celebrates scoring Barca's third at Celtic Park

Barcelona ended Celtic's run of three consecutive Champions League home wins with a deserved win.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink put Celtic in front in 15 minutes with a powerful header only for Lionel Messi to clip home an equaliser three minutes later.

Barry Robson burst forward to loop a header over Victor Valdes to give battling Celtic an interval lead.

Barca levelled through Thierry Henry, before dominating the second half, and Messi tucked in a 79th-minute winner.

Celtic: Boruc, Caddis (Wilson 61), Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Hartley (Donati 65), Robson, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Samaras 55), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Mark Brown, Sno, Killen, O'Dea.

Booked: Hartley, Samaras.

Goals: Vennegoor of Hesselink 15, Robson 38.

Barcelona: Valdes, Puyol, Milito, Marquez, Abidal, Iniesta, Toure Yaya, Deco (Xavi 65), Messi, Henry (Gudjohnsen 88), Ronaldinho (Eto'o 73). Subs Not Used: Pinto, Sylvinho, Giovanni, Thuram.

Booked: Messi, Deco.

Goals: Messi 18, Henry 52, Messi 79.

Match report

4 March 2008: Barcelona 1-0 Celtic

Xavi scored an early goal for Barca from which Celtic never recovered
Xavi scored an early goal for Barca from which Celtic never recovered

Celtic's 2008 Champions League ambitions were extinguished by Xavi-inspired Barcelona.

The Spanish side got off to a perfect start when Xavi Hernandez flicked the ball over Artur Boruc and into the net after only two minutes.

Gordon Strachan's side struggled to contain Barcelona for long spells, but improved as the second half progressed.

Boruc thwarted Ronaldinho and Deco while Celtic's best effort by Shunsuke Nakamura was saved by Victor Valdes.

Barcelona: Valdes, Zambrotta, Thuram, Puyol, Sylvinho, Toure Yaya (Edmilson 67), Xavi (Gudjohnsen 82), Deco, Messi (Henry 36), Eto'o, Ronaldinho. Subs Not Used: Pinto, Iniesta, Abidal, Bojan.

Goal: Xavi 2.

Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Scott Brown, Hartley (McDonald 78), Donati (Sno 46), McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Samaras 55). Subs Not Used: Mark Brown, Pressley, Robson, O'Dea.

Match report

23 October 2012: Barcelona 2-1 Celtic

Georgios Samaras jogs off to celebrate opening the scoring for Celtic in Barcelona
Georgios Samaras jogs off to celebrate opening the scoring for Celtic in Barcelona

Celtic produced an outstanding performance full of heart and tactical discipline but lost to an injury-time Jordi Alba goal.

The visitors led after the presence of Georgios Samaras helped force Javier Mascherano to divert a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick into his own net.

Barcelona were not at their best, but produced a moment of sheer class to allow Andres Iniesta to equalise.

Celtic stood firm in the face of relentless pressure until the dying seconds when Alba stole in to score.

Barcelona: Valdes, Bartra, Alba, Adriano Correia, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Mascherano, Song, Sanchez (Villa - 80'), Pedro (Cristian Tello - 76'). Substitutes: Pinto, Montoya, Fabregas, Dos Santos, Roberto, Villa, Cristian Tello.

Goals: Iniesta 45, Alba 90+3

Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew (Kayal - 76'), Lustig, Brown (Commons - 63'), Ledley, Wanyama, Samaras (Forrest - 43'), Hooper. Substitutes: Zaluska, Matthews, Rogne, Commons, Kayal, Forrest, Miku.

Goal: Samaras 18.

Match report

7 November 2012: Celtic 2-1 Barcelona

Tony Watt's goal seven minutes from time sparked scenes of wild celebration at Celtic Park
Tony Watt's goal seven minutes from time sparked scenes of wild celebration at Celtic Park

What a thrilling night for manager Neil Lennon and his Celtic team.

Victor Wanyama's header past Victor Valdes from a corner had given them a first-half lead.

And though Barcelona pressed for an equaliser, substitute Tony Watt came off the bench to give Celtic a cushion in the closing minutes.

Lionel Messi tapped home in injury time, but Celtic held on to inflict Barca's first defeat of the season.

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew, Lustig (Watt - 72'), Commons, Ledley, Wanyama, Miku, Samaras (Kayal - 79'). Substitutes: Zaluska, Fraser, McCourt, Herron, Kayal, McGeouch, Watt.

Goals: Wanyama 21, Watt 83.

Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Bartra (Pique - 71'), Alba, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Mascherano, Song (Fabregas - 71'), Sanchez (Villa - 67'), Pedro. Substitutes: Pinto, Pique, Montoya, Fabregas, Jonathan, Villa, Cristian Tello.

Goal: Messi 90+1.

Match report

1 October 2013: Celtic 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona match-winner Cesc Fabregas
Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas turned the visitors' vast bulk of possession into three Champions League points

Celtic had captain Scott Brown sent off as Barcelona, missing the injured Lionel Messi, avenged the previous season's defeat in Glasgow.

Cesc Fabregas was the match-winner, heading in with 15 minutes left.

Despite enjoying 82% possession across the game, the breakthrough for the Catalans only arrived after Brown had been shown a straight red card for kicking out at Barcelona forward Neymar.

Brown flailed a foot that caught the Brazilian on the arm and, despite Celtic protestations, he was dismissed.

Celtic: Forster, Ambrose, Izaguirre, van Dijk, Lustig (Forrest 70'), Mulgrew, Matthews, Brown, Commons (Pukki 86'), Samaras, Stokes (Kayal 70'). Subs: Rogic, Forrest, Pukki, Kayal, Balde, Zaluska, Bitton.

Barcelona: Valdés, Dani Alves, Bartra, Adriano, Piqué, Iniesta (Song 89'), Busquets, Xavi, Neymar, Fabregas (Tello 78'), Pedro (Sanchez 74'). Subs: Sánchez, Song, dos Santos, Pinto Colorado, Tello, Sergi, Montoya.

Goal: Fabregas 75

Match report

11 Dec 2013: Barcelona 6-1 Celtic

Neymar clutches the match ball
Neymar had scored only four goals in his first 18 appearances for the Catalans before the drubbing of Celtic

Barcelona handed Celtic the harshest of Champions League lessons by producing a near-perfect display to equal the visitors' heaviest European loss.

Gerard Pique opened the scoring and Barca added two more goals late in the first half through Pedro and Neymar.

Brazilian Neymar, a £49m summer signing from Santos, added two more before the hour mark to complete his hat-trick.

Cristian Tello completed Celtic's misery, with Georgios Samaras's late headed goal scant consolation.

The result meant Neil Lennon's side finished the Champions League group stage with their lowest-ever tally of three points.

Barcelona: Pinto Colorado, Montoya, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets (Song 73'), Sergi, Sanchez (Tello 63'), Neymar (Dongou 81'), Pedro. Subs: Puyol, Iniesta, Song, Alba, Tello, Olazábal Paredes, Dongou.

Goals: Pique 7, Pedro 39, Neymar 44, 48, 58, Tello 72

Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Matthews (Stokes 82'), Boerrigter, Bitton (Commons 69'), Brown, Ledley, Samaras, Pukki (Mulgrew 45). Subs: Stokes, Commons, Balde, Mulgrew, Zaluska, Atajic, Fisher.

Goal: Samaras 88

Match report

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