Celtic face a battle in Rome — UEFA Europa League

Ross Houston
November 9, 2019

With 20 minutes to go Celtic looked dead and buried against Lazio in Glasgow but a dramatic 93rd minute victor gave them an unlikely victor in a match they probably didn't deserve to win.

Two Celtic fans were stabbed outside the Flann O'Brien Irish pub on Via Nazionale in central Rome just before midnight on 6 November.

In doing so, the Hoops avoided defeat in their opening three games of a Europa League campaign for the first time since 2014-15 and will hope to remain unbeaten when they visit Rome for tonight's second-leg.

Police also say two Celtic fans were stopped for resisting police and a third fan was stopped for obscene acts.

Since that defeat they have been exceptional picking up a hat-trick of wins and they have made the Stadio Olympico a fortress this season with 4 wins and two draws scoring 16 goal in the process.

Both teams were charged by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) after "illicit" chants were heard during a match between them on 24 October.

A win tonight will guarantee the Scottish Premiership giants a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, and it will definitely boost their morale going forward. The club's only fit centre forward, Odsonne Eduoard, is one booking away from a ban.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile is a reported doubt with a calf injury, while Felipe Caicedo and Joaquin Correa are also struggling for fitness. But it is not beyond the players.

"We will have to take to the field with the mentality of getting the result and winning".

"We possess now to dangle and cross up the table", Inzaghi acknowledged. We know it will be a hard game - Celtic are strong and have a classy team. We possess now a pair of gamers out injured, but I mute possess to make some picks regarding the starting up line-up. "You can't afford to make certain mistakes at this level, so we need to pay more attention this time".

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