Ronny Deila is looking forward to pitting his wits against Serie A giants Inter Milan on Thursday night when Celtic welcome Roberto Mancini’s team to Glasgow.
The Norwegian admits it will be the most difficult task assigned to him since arriving in Scotland but he believes his players are capable of causing a Europa League upset.
Inter have been struggling domestically this season, finding themselves in the bottom half of the table in Serie A.
They go into Sunday’s clash with Atalanta having won just one of their last four games, while Celtic’s 2-1 win over St Johnstone on Saturday made it eight consecutive victories for the Bhoys in all competitions.
Deila acknowledged the clash with Inter will be far removed from Saturday’s victory in Perth but he is looking forward to the occasion.
“It will be a totally different game; we will be at home with 60,000 behind us.” said the Norwegian.
“It’s a big test for us – and I really believe we can do it. So far it’s maybe the best team we have met.”
Celtic are 2.92 to win the first leg in Glasgow with Inter at 2.38 and the draw 3.15.
After taking a 2-0 lead in their clash with St Johnstone, the Scottish champions were left hanging on when Michael O’Halloran pulled a goal back in the second half.
It was the first goal Celtic have conceded in 2015 and goalkeeper Craig Gordon had to pull out a late double save to maintain the advantage. Deila paid tribute to his stopper and will be hoping the 32-year-old is in similar form when Inter come calling.
“It just shows his class to do something like that when you almost haven’t had a save before,” Deila said. “It was an unbelievable save.”