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Sergei Karasev will referee Celtic’s Europa League tie with Copenhagen on Thursday night.

The Russian official handled three Champions League group stage matches and took charge of Celtic’s 3-0 defeat away to Bayern Munich in 2017.

Neil Lennon will be demanding a far better result than on that night in Bavaria where Brendan Rodgers set his side out on a damage limitation exercise.

Karasev was also in charge for Celtic’s 6-1 defeat away to Barcelona in 2013 and has vast experience of international matches going back to 2011.

Celtic go into the match on the back of strong European form, clinching their place in the last 32 with a 2-1 win away to Lazio on Matchday 4 of their group.

Odsonne Edouard, Chris Jullien and Ryan Christie will look to stay out of the way of Karasev, a booking on Thursday will rule them out of next week’s return leg at Celtic Park.

Two Video Assistant Referees will be in operation at the stadium with Karasev using the touchline monitor

CLICK HERE for Karasev’s international record.

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