Celtic take on Italian giants Inter Milan in what’s going to be a red hot night in the East End of Glasgow.
Ronny Deila’s men have their biggest challenge to date in the form of the Italian outfit and anticipation is reaching fever pitch with a few hours left until kick off.
Celtic and Ronny Deila have came a long way since the despairing moments of their failed Champions League campaign at the start of the season and the Celtic boss is keen to see how much his team have evolved since the summer.
With a few new players and a brand new philosophy starting to pay dividends Celtic are clicking under the Norwegian and Ronny is hopeful his Celtic side can cause Inter problems but also admits Celtic are the underdogs.
Celtic were given one of the toughest draws possible in the Europa League when they were drawn against Mancini’s men. While they’ve not hit the heights in the league and there is some turmoil behind the scenes at the San Siro they still prove a massive threat to Celtic’s progression in this competition.
Celtic now know they will be without Kris Commons for the home tie after he was officially ruled out this afternoon. A big blow but this may give way to an opportunity for Stuart Armstrong or GMS to make their Celtic European debut. The two players would be more than equipped to try and help Celtic down the Italians. We can now also call on John Guidetti who was not registered in time to play in the group stages. With the player off form though it’s not certain if Ronny will start with him especially when Leigh Griffiths has been bang in form as of late.
If Celtic are to take a positive result to the San Siro next week then everyone on the pitch will have to put in a energy sapping shift. Craig Gordon will prove pivotal and if he can continue the kind of shot stopping form we’ve grown accustom to since he joined the club, it will go a long way.
So with hours to the big kick off and the Celtic Way draped in nostalgia at an old famous foe coming to town it’s sure going to be an electric night under the lights at Celtic Park.