Patrick Paauwe will once again be in the starting eleven when Feyenoord take on Celtic in a prestigious friendly Wednesday evening in Glasgow. After missing the two games in the Maspalomas International Tournament due to injury, the Feyenoord stalwart is set to start in Scotland. Paauwe plays at rightback at Celtic Park. ‘Patrick is ready to play at the highest level again,’ coach Van Marwijk declared upon arrival in Scotland.

The return of Paauwe is the only change Bert van Marwijk is prepared to make to the team that won silverware on Gran Canaria, so De Nooijer starts in central defence and Jorge Acuña deputises for Paul Bosvelt. Robin van Persie is also likely to see some action at Celtic Park. ‘It depends a bit on the way the game goes, but I would like to give Robin a runout. He did well on Gran Canaria’, Van Marwijk explained. The coach is taking the friendly very seriously by the way. ‘Of course. We want to prepare ourselves as well as possible for the second half of the season. And a practice match like this one fits in well with that. But you shouldn’t exaggerate. Let me put it this way: If I could choose between losing 10-0 in Scotland and winning the first five league games, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision.’ The Feyenoord team to face Celtic: Lodewijks; Emerton, Van Wonderen, De Nooijer, Paauwe; Kalou, Acuña, Ono, Pardo; Buffel, Van Hooijdonk.

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