Celtic have fighting chance

Celtic Virgil Van Dijk

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Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk feels the way Inter Milan play the game gives his side every chance of beating them in Thursday’s Europa League clash.

The two sides will square off at the San Siro with the score nicely poised at 3-3 after a pulsating first leg in Glasgow.

John Guidetti’s injury-time equaliser gave the Bhoys some momentum heading into the second leg after Rodrigo Palacio’s first-half brace looked like giving the Serie A giants the advantage.

Despite coming to one of the most intimidating grounds in world football, Inter boss Roberto Mancini set his team up to attack and it bore fruit on the night with three away goals.

They try to keep the ball as much as possible and play it out of defence and, while it was successful at Celtic Park, van Dijk believes the same tactics might well play into the visitors’ hands this week and give them a chance to nick a goal.

“They gave us some possibilities in the first match,” he said. “They try and play every time they are under pressure so that gives us hope.
“We also need to start the game better. Everyone already knows that.”

Celtic, who are on offer at 4.90 to win the match, will head to Milan (4.90) after seven straight league wins north of the border while Inter’s form has also picked up over the past few weeks.

They have taken all three points from their last three Serie A fixtures and should be full of confidence for what looks set to be a mouthwatering encounter.

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