Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish is excited by the visit of AC Milan to Parkhead on Thursday.
Writing in his Sunday Post column (18/10 print edition, Post Match supplement, page 11), he reckons that the Bhoys can rekindle the form of last year’s Europa League competition.
Manager Neil Lennon is under significant pressure after yesterday’s derby defeat to Rangers.
The Serie A league leaders coming to Glasgow shortly after is unlikely to be lightening his mood.
Confidence won’t be too high amongst the support for this one.
However, after impressive results against Lazio, who finished above Milan in the league last season, we can have some optimism there’ll be a good performance and result.
Dalglish thinks the team will fancy their chances, despite the threat of a certain ageless striker, telling The Sunday Post: “The Italians have a talented squad, and in Zlatan Ibrahimovic they have a man who’s a matchwinner, in any company.
“He turned 39 earlier this month, but there is no sign of him letting up. He still has some amount of ability, and he rattles in goals for fun.
“There is no doubt he will be a threat, and Neil Lennon and the Celtic players are well aware of that.
“Celtic will also feel they can win the game. They had some good results in this competition last season and can do so again.”
Ibrahimovic, returning from a COVID-19 diagnosis, scored two goals against Inter yesterday in the Milan derby, leaving no-one in any doubt that yes, he still has it.
He now has five goals in three appearances this season and will be a major threat if he plays against the Bhoys on Thursday.
All we can hope is that with Roma in Serie A next Monday night, the Italians decide to rest their veteran forward.
As for our chances in general? Dalglish is kind here and, yes, we can always dream of a big European performance.
A technically competent, confident and organised team arriving at Celtic Park on Thursday to play behind closed doors against this Lennon team is not something I am relishing though.