Report: Lazio's Joaquin Correa may feature vs Celtic after all

By David Walton

October 22, 2019

Lazio could apparently be set to play Joaquin Correa against Celtic after all, despite reports to the contrary.

According to the Daily Record, Correa was training with the Serie A giants today in a tactical set-up that suggests he could be set to start.

This comes after the Scottish Sun stated yesterday that he looked set to be rested. The Record instead believes that, according to how Lazio trained today, Ciro Immobile could be the one to miss out. However, it’s important to remember that he was the hero in Lazio’s last Europa League match vs Rennes when he bagged the winner.

Joaquin Correa (left) could be set to take part vs Celtic (Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Correa and Felipe Caicedo is the duo that the Record believes Lazio could go for. This would be the same set-up they used in Cluj when they lost 2-1.

It is a partnership that Inzaghi has used once since. It’s clearly a partnership he likes. But Lazio have been at their best this season when Correa has been playing just in behind Immobile.

It all really depends on how serious Inzaghi and Lazio view the contest with Celtic on Thursday night. Does the Europa League fit into their priorities? We’ll know when we see their team-sheet.

Serie A struggles could make Lazio prioritise domestic action

As it stands, they currently sit seventh in Serie A and four points off the top four. With a crunch clash coming up this Sunday against Fiorentina, Inzaghi may look towards resting key players for that one.

It’s difficult to predict what Simone Inzaghi will go for this week (Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That would be a huge boost to Celtic. But regardless, if that is how Inzaghi was to think, then that would make the Caicedo-Correa partnership more likely.

Correa has netted just two goals in nine appearances this season, but he did bag a crucial goal against Champions League side Atalanta at the weekend.

He’s played in every single one of Lazio’s Serie A games this season. Added to that, he’s played in the Europa League when fit. He only missed the Rennes game because of an abductor issue. He, if fit, seems a near certainty to start.

Neil Lennon won’t strain himself wondering about Lazio’s plans (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon won’t want to get himself too confused by what Lazio do, however. Celtic don’t particularly have such selection dilemmas of their own to worry about. Our starting XI picks itself, and Europe remains a big priority for everyone at the club.

It remains to be seen if the same can be said for Lazio.