Only one week previously, Celtic had travelled to Lithuania for the opening leg and came away with a comfortable 4-0 victory. However, the victory had come at a cost.
John Hartson and Henrik Larsson had picked up injuries, so Liam Miller, Shaun Maloney and Jamie Smith were all given starting spots for the return by assistant manager John Robertson, as manager Martin O’Neill was in Finland watching possible opponents HJK Helsinki against MTK Hungaria. The team on this day in 2003 was Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Sylla, Lambert, Miller, Thompson, Smith, Maloney and Sutton.
It was a fairly comfortable romp for Celtic in outfield play but they found it difficult to put the ball in the net. Chris Sutton, Liam Miller and Alan Thompson all had good efforts saved by Kaunas keeper Padimanskas before Celtic scored and it came from an own goal, right back Guildys heading high into the net from a cross by Smith. It proved to be the only goal of the game.
NB1 At half-time, Billy Connelly had given an appropriate performance as he presented a cheque to the family of Kaunus striker Audrius Slekys, who had died only three days before the first leg.
NB2 When Celtic played Real Socieded in the European Cup of 1982/83, only Pat Bonner was from outside Scotland. In that side listed above against Kaunus, there are players from seven different countries.