The biggest news surrounding Barcelona ahead of their trip to Scotland is the fitness of Lionel Messi. The Daily Mail has reported that the Argentine will miss the clash with Celtic after picking up a thigh injury, meaning someone will have to fill in.
At this point, it seems like an easy question to answer.
When Messi left the pitch against Almeria, it was Cesc Fabregas who immediately replaced him. It's more than likely be Fabregas again who will stand in for Messi against Celtic, but the most important thing is who will be partnering the Catalan in attack.
Neymar should start on the left wing for Barcelona as he always does. The Brazilian could feature in place of Messi, but it is more likely that he will not be changing positions.
It is the right wing that will see the most debate regarding who should start.
Both Pedro and Alexis Sanchez have been in wonderful form this season, and have stated their cases as to why they should start.
With Messi missing the match, Barcelona will need to find scoring from other players. For this reason, it is most likely that Pedro will start over Sanchez, as he has already scored five goals this season in comparison to the two goals from the Chilean.
Missing Lionel Messi will be a tough thing to overcome. However, Barcelona is still a club full of quality and should remain heavy favorites against Celtic. Scoring will be difficult for the Catalans, but they should still come away victors in Scotland.
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