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Champions League preview: Celtic v AC Milan

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Celtic will be looking to keep their hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League alive when they host AC Milan at Celtic Park this evening.

Neil Lennon's men have found life in Group H to be challenging - following only one win in four in a group which contains the likes of Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax.

However the Bhoys who recorded their only victory in the campaign with an impressive 2-1 victory at home to Ajax will be hoping for a another positive performance, this time against an AC Milan side in self destruct.

Victory over the Rossoneri would ensure that the SPL champions leapfrog the Italian giants and in so being in contention for a place in the knockout rounds for a second successive season. 

Lennon is also aware of the fact that Celtic have never lost to Milan on home turf following one win and two draws in their previous three meetings, and as a result is hoping for a positive performance.

"I would like us to play really strongly at home and give the supporters something to really shout about," said Neil Lennon in pre-match press conference on Monday.

"I will be looking more to the performance than the result. If we win the game and don't play well  I will still obviously be delighted."

Massimiliano Allegri on the other hand will be hoping that his AC Milan side bounce back from their disappointing 1-1 draw at home against ten men Genoa by securing their first away victory in Europe in nearly a year.

Anything but qualification to the knockout stage for AC Milan will surely cost Allegri his job with the San Siro side already being 18 points behind Serie A leaders Roma and 14 behind the first Champions League qualifying place Occupied by Napoli.

James Forrest is likely to start in midfield for Celtic after recovering from a hamstring injury which ruled him out of last weekend's 3-1 win over Aberdeen, whilst midfielder Scott Brown is still suspended.

Mikael Lustig is likely to return at right-back in place of Darnel Fisher after being given time to recover after his exertions in Sweden's World Cup double header against Portugal.

The seven times Champions League winners will be without defenders Phillipe Mexes who has an eye injury and Mattia De Sciglio who is lacking in match fitness. 

Milan will also be without two of their forwards with Sulley Muntari missing due to a groin injury sustained on the weekend and Stephan El Shaarawy who has been ruled out with a knee injury. 


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