Britain Football Soccer - Celtic v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group C - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland - 23/11/16/ Russell Cheyne Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
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Barcelona may have again eased into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday but their win at Celtic could still not paper over some of the cracks that have developed in a squad recruited at huge expense.Barca drew a blank against Malaga last Saturday without top scorers Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi and vital midfielder Ivan Rakitic, slipping four points behind leaders Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as a consequence.That statistic is most damning for centre forward Paco Alcacer, a 30 million euros ($31.68 million) signing from Valencia who was bought to relieve the pressure on Barca's dazzling attacking trident of Messi, Suarez and Neymar.Lucas Digne has done little to suggest he could unseat Alba at left back following his 16.5 million euros signing from Paris St Germain while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has only played once since joining from Ajax for 13 million euros.
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