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Preview: Charlton Athletic vs. Celtic - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Pre-Season Friendlies clash between Charlton Athletic and Celtic, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Ange Postecoglou will take charge of his second game as Celtic manager on Saturday when the Scottish side meet League One outfit Charlton Athletic in a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly.

The match will be played at Dragon Park, the Welsh National Football Development Centre in Newport, with both clubs currently on training camps in South Wales.

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Celtic's Callum McGregor with teammates before the match in March 2021© Reuters

More than 100 days after Neil Lennon resigned from his post, Postecoglou was appointed as Celtic boss last month, following Eddie Howe's decision to pull out of a move north of the border.

The Australian, who left Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, said "it doesn't really bother me" when asked if he had concerns over being second choice.

Postecoglou admitted that the most important thing would be to bring success to Celtic, after their run of nine successive league titles was brought to an end by Rangers last season.

Goals from Albian Ajeti, Owen Moffatt and Odsonne Edouard helped the Bhoys come from behind to win 3-1 against Sheffield Wednesday in their first pre-season friendly on Wednesday.

After Saturday, Celtic will make the short trip across the Severn Bridge to face Bristol City next week, before flying back to Glasgow to take on Preston North End ahead of the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie against FC Midtjylland.

Nigel Adkins in charge of Hull City on November 24, 2018© Reuters

Charlton have ambitions of their own for the 2021-22 campaign, with the Addicks looking to win promotion back to the Championship.

The South East London club finished seventh in League One last season, only missing out on a playoff place on goal difference despite beating third tier winners Hull City on the final day.

Nigel Adkins was appointed manager in mid-March following Lee Bowyer's departure to Birmingham City and lost just one of the final 10 games of the campaign (W5 D4), while no League One side conceded fewer goals in that period.

It means that hopes are high at The Valley, particularly because Adkins already has two promotions to the Championship on his CV with Scunthorpe United and Southampton.

Also on Charlton's pre-season scheduled are fixtures against Dartford, Reading, Crystal Palace and Fulham before they begin the League One season against Sheffield Wednesday on August 7.

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Ange Postecoglou pictured in November 2020© Reuters

Charlton have made four signings so far this summer and Saturday could see first appearances for George Dobson and Craig MacGillivray, as well as the returning Jayden Stockley and Akin Famewo.

Chris Gunter was part of Wales's squad at Euro 2020 so will have been given a break following the tournament, meaning he is not available for this match.

Jake Forster-Caskey, who has recently signed a new contract with the Addicks, suffered an ACL injury in the penultimate game of last season against Lincoln City so is another who will not feature.

With several Celtic players not yet back in training after representing Scotland at Euro 2020, Ange Postecoglou gave opportunities to several youngsters against Sheffield Wednesday and should do the same here.

Summer signing Osaze Urhoghide could be in line for his debut after not featuring against the Owls, a game in which fellow new boy Liam Shaw played for the first time.

Charlton Athletic possible starting lineup:
MacGillivray; Matthews, Inniss, Famewo, Purrington; Jaiyesimi, Dobson, Morgan, Gilbey; Stockley, Washington

Celtic possible starting lineup:
Barkas; Ralston, Welsh, Murray, Urhoghide; Soro, Shaw, Connell; Moffat, Henderson; Ajeti

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We say: Charlton Athletic 1-2 Celtic

While Celtic are still missing many of their key players, they should still have enough quality to beat Charlton, who are a similar level of opposition to the Sheffield Wednesday team the Bhoys got past on Wednesday. Postecoglou will want to grow confidence as much as possible going into the new season.

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