Celtic are in Rome as they prepare to take on Lazio in matchday five of the Champions League group stages. The Hoops really need to win if they wish to have Europe after Christmas.

This will undoubtedly be an arduous task however Lazio boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed that his team defeating the Bhoys won’t be a simple task. He said (Glasgow Times): “Celtic are a good team, they have good rhythm, decent technical qualities. They are not an easy team to beat.

“We must not delude ourselves about the negative results away from home because they were games conditioned by numerical inferiority.”

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Soccer Football – Champions League – Group E – Celtic v Lazio – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – October 4, 2023
Celtic’s Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi applaud the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Sarri clearly recognises that the Scottish champions’ two matches that they have played away in Europe this season have been anomalies. In each, the Celts have been reduced to ten which had a significant impact on the overall outcome. of each

Brendan Rodgers will hope this is not the case on Tuesday, and that his side can keep eleven men on the park throughout. Doing so greatly increases Celtic’s chances of taking something from a crucial match.

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