Celtic are set to come up against one of the “best strikers in the world” in Ciro Immobile.
That’s what Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi believes will be the case when his side visit Celtic Park on Thursday night.
It’s Europa League action at Parkhead in perhaps the most exciting match of the group. Celtic have disposed of CFR Cluj and managed a respectable point in Rennes to kick off the campaign. Another success against Lazio would put Neil Lennon’s men in a sensational position.
However, to do so, they’ll have to keep Italy international Immobile quiet. And, speaking in the Sunday Mail, Inzaghi doesn’t believe that’s something that will be done easily.
“He’s having an extraordinary season and his numbers are incredible. I believe he is one of the best strikers in the world just now.
“Last season he went through a dry spell, but I knew he would come good again and you can see it now. He has formed a great partnership with Joaquin Correa and those two got us back into the game here.
“Ciro is someone who can change the game with a touch of quality and he showed that again. He’s in great form at the moment and we hope that continues in Glasgow.”
Immobile is hardly Lazio’s only threat
Immobile’s pedigree speaks for itself. So far this term, he’s scored a walloping 10 goals in nine appearances for the Biancocelesti. However, that comes after a season in which he only managed 19 goals in 46 outings.
However, Inzaghi has more than just Immobile in his ranks. Attacking midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, for example, was reportedly being eyed up for a £71million deal with Manchester United in the summer (TalkSPORT).
Just behind Immobile, there is also the influential Luis Alberto. He has six assists in nine games to his name this season. Lazio are more than just one name, and Celtic fans are bound to find that out on Thursday.
You can read more about Lazio’s main threats here. However, Neil Lennon will know he has just as much quality in his own ranks. Sure, our talents might not be linked away for silly money in the £70m bracket, but Odsonne Edouard was still signed for £9million (Sky Sports).
Immobile was only signed from Sevilla for £7m (AS). It’s not pennies, but it shows he’s struggled to really kick on in recent years. Celtic will fancy keeping him quiet on Thursday night.
In any case, there is clear talent in both sides’ ranks. Hopefully, ours is enough to overpower theirs.