CELTIC couldn’t have hoped for a bigger match – or a tougher test – as they attempt to shake off their desperately disappointing performance against Rangers at the weekend on European duty.

In contrast to Neil Lennon’s off-colour outfit, AC Milan appear to be in fine fettle ahead to their trip to Glasgow for Thursday night’s game.

Here is how the Italian giants, and the rest of Celtic’s Europa League group stage opponents, got on at the weekend.

Inter 1-2 AC Milan

It was 39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who else? – who was the star of the show as the veteran striker grabbed a double to take the honours in the Milan derby. The super Swede tapped home the rebound after seeing his penalty saved, before doubling the Rossoneri’s advantage with a simple finish after some fine work by Rafael Leao. Romelu Lukaku got one back for Inter, but Stefano Pioli’s men held on to maintain their position at the top of Serie A after a perfect start to the season. FORM: W W W W W

League position: 1st

Lille 4-0 Lens

The French side enjoyed their own derby day victory with a comprehensive thumping of rivals Lens.

It was another golden oldie in veteran Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz that got them off the mark early on, with Jonathan Bamba, Jonathan Ikoné and Yusuf Yazici completing the rout. The victory moves Lille top of the standings in Ligue One after an impressive start to the campaign.


League position: 1st

Sparta Prague Match Abandoned

The rising numbers of Coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic has led to all league matches being postponed for at least two weeks, which interrupted a run of five wins on the bounce for Sparta Prague.

Both Sparta and Slovan Liberec are scheduled to play at home in the Europa League this week, with Lille due in Prague, so Celtic’s group could well face some fixture disruption just as the domestic campaign has.


League position: 1st