Inside view: Celtic must be wary of Lazio's Sergej Milinković-Savić

By John Reid

October 15, 2019

Celtic are set to take on Lazio in a double header that could play a big part in if the Hoops manage to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League.

To get more of a Lazio viewpoint on the fixture, we spoke to freelance journalist who is based in Rome Alasdair Mackenzie, where he has covered Italian football for the likes of Reuters, FourFourTwo and The i Paper.

He also who co-hosts the Lazio Lounge podcast, so he is an ideal man to give the lowdown on Celtic’s upcoming opponents.

We spoke to Alasdair about a number of topics. But we started with the Lazio players that Celtic should be keeping an eye on when the teams meet at Celtic Park.

The player that Alasdair mentioned that the Hoops should be keeping an eye on is attacking midfielder Sergej Milinković-Savić.

“Turned the Rennes game on its head”

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“Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a world-class midfielder and turned the Rennes game on its head when he came off the bench in the second half” he said, referring to Lazio’s last group game where they defeated Rennes 2-1.

He also mentioned the attacking duo of Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto. However, they might not play at Celtic Park, as Alasdair explained:

“They have the most goals and assists in Serie A so far this season respectively and have been in electric form. The coach Simone Inzaghi tends to rotate in the EL group games though, so there’s a chance they could be rested.”

It would certainly be a bonus for the Hoops if the duo were not selected. The fact that Inzaghi rotates his side could work in Celtic’s favour.

Stopping midfielder will be key to Hoops chances

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Stopping Savic will be key to the Hoops’ chances though. He was linked with a blockbuster transfer to Manchester United, with a fee of £71 million being reported.

His battle against the Hoops midfield could define the entire game. Should Celtic stop Savic from exerting an influence on the game, it could be a European night of glory for the Hoops.