Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo claims that his side are ready to do battle with Celtic in their last-16 tie this month.

Celtic have shocked many by making it to this stage of the competition, but do deserve their place after beating Barcelona in the group stages at Celtic Park, and now Italian giants Juventus await Neil Lennon's side.

Pirlo has warned Celtic that Juventus will provide a stern test for the SPL champions, hinting that Antonio Conte's side are better equipped to adapt to Celtic's tactics than Barcelona were.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the veteran midfielder said: "We are prepared for whatever Celtic have to offer.

"We saw that they beat Barcelona in Glasgow, but we are prepared to adapt maybe more than Barcelona did.

"We know Barcelona play fantastic football, but Celtic frustrated them. Whatever way Celtic want to play, we are ready for them.

"If they want to play football, we'll play football. But if they want to battle, we are ready to go to battle."

Celtic Park has staged it's fair share of big European nights, with the Celtic faithful capable of creating an atmosphere widely regarded as one of the best in world football. 

But Italy international Pirlo and his teammates are not fazed by playing in such an arena, with Juventus able to draw on their previous experiences of playing in similar conditions.

Pirlo stated: "I know that Celtic Park will be like a gladiator arena, but we're ready.

"We have players who have won the World Cup and Champions League, so we are used to intimidating games.

"I'm sure the noise from the Celtic fans will be crazy, but that will only make us more determined to go into battle."

The first leg of the last-16 clash between Celtic and Juventus is to be played at Celtic Park on Tuesday 16 February, 19:45 kick-off.

 

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