Celtic welcome AC Milan to Celtic Park in a blockbuster opening Group H clash in this season’s UEFA Europa League Group Stage.
With Sparta Prague and Lille also in this group, Celtic know that victory here will give them a positive morale boost in their bid to get out of what will be a tough section and qualify for the knockouts.
Odsonne Edouard is ruled out for Celtic as he continues to regain his match fitness after self-isolating following a positive Coronavirus test.
Christopher Julien (back) and James Forrest (ankle) are definitely ruled out but Ryan Christie, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed are doubts with fitness concerns, although Bitton’s concern comes after he had to self-isolate during the international break due to a positive test whilst Christie and Abd Elhamed also self-isolated after coming into contact with other players who tested positive.
Mikey Johnston could also feature but it is thought that Neil Lennon is unlikely to risk him until fully fit after ten months on sidelines with a knee injury.
AC Milan will be without Ante Rebic due to a dislocated elbow which saw him miss the Milan Derby at weekend.
Mateo Musacchio and Hakan Calhanoglu (both ankle) is also sidelined whilst Leo Duarte and Matteo Gabbia are ruled out due to self-isolation.
- This is the first Europa League meeting between Celtic and AC Milan.
- Celtic have won just one of ten previous meetings against AC Milan (W1, D3, L6).
- AC Milan are unbeaten in four of five previous trips to Celtic Park (W2, D2, L1).
After a disappointing result in Saturday’s Old Firm Derby against Rangers, Celtic have to come out and show more aggression with a clinical edge which simply was missing on Saturday but AC Milan will be just as tough if not harder to beat.
I therefore feel that unless Celtic turn up and deliver a top attacking performance, this should be a simple routine away win for AC Milan.
Prediction: Celtic 0-2 AC Milan
Result: Celtic 1-3 AC Milan