Celtic go into tonight’s match with a lot of positivity but it should not be underestimated the type of performance Ronny Deila’s men will have to put in tonight to get through the next round of the Europa League.
After a rollercoaster ride in the first leg that seen Celtic come from behind twice to draw with Italian outfit, all eyes are focused on the San Siro and Italy and if you know your history then you will know Celtic have never won on Italian soil.
Here is the form guide and how major a victory would be for Celtic tonight.
- • Celtic have not won in their last eight games against Italian opposition (D3 L5).
• Inter are unbeaten at home against Scottish sides (W3 D1), and have conceded only once in those fixtures.
• Celtic have yet to win in 11 visits to Italy (D3 L8).
• Inter are unbeaten in ten European home games (W6 D4) since a 2-0 loss to HNK Hajduk Split in August 2012.
• Celtic are without a win in five European away games (D3 L2) since a 1-0 win at KR Reykjavík in this season’s UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.
- Inter Milan currently sit 8th in Serie A, 22 points off League leaders Juventus.
- Celtic are top of the SPFL, ahead by 3 points with a game in hand.
UEFA MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee – Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant referees- Tomaš Somolani (SVK) , Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Additional assistant referees – Richard Trutz (SVK) , Peter Kralović (SVK)
Fourth official – Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
With 3 away goals as a cushion Inter Milan are of course in the drivers seat going into this tie. It will be up to Celtic to unsettle them and put doubt in their heads early on. I believe Inter’s defence can and will be breached tonight but their attacking force is very potent and can put this game beyond doubt early on if Celtic have a lackadaisical start.