June 18, 2021

Celtic vs AC Milan preview

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Team news and stats ahead of Celtic vs AC Milan in their opening Europa League group-stage game on Thursday; Kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Ryan Christie is back in the Celtic squad following his period of quarantine but striker Odsonne Edouard will not be featuring.

The Frenchman has had a cardiac screening and blood tests but still has a final set of tests to pass. The striker could be back this weekend for the game with Aberdeen.

ZENICA, BOSNIA - OCTOBER 01: Celtic's Odsonne Edouard in action during the UEFA Europa League Qualifier between Sarajevo and Celtic at Bilino Polje Stadium, on October 01, 2020, in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo by Nikola Krstic / SNS Group)
Image: Odsonne Edouard will be sidelined once again for the visit of AC Milan

Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed are still unavailable due to coronavirus issues with James Forrest and Christopher Jullien still injured. but Diego Laxalt is available to play against his parent club.

AC Milan have won their opening four Serie A games but will be without their playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu after he left Tuesday’s training on crutches after a suspected sprained ankle to be evaluated with new tests.

How to follow

Follow Celtic vs AC Milan with our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports’ digital platforms, plus analysis and reaction after full-time.

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  • Celtic and AC Milan have met on 10 previous occasions in major European competition, all of which in the European Cup/Champions League. Celtic have won just one of those meetings – a 2-1 victory in October 2007.
  • AC Milan have won each of their last three meetings with Celtic by an aggregate score of 6-0.
  • Celtic have won three of their last four Europa League home games (L1), as many victories as they managed in their previous 10 such matches at Celtic Park (D2 L5).
  • AC Milan have won just one of their last four Europa League encounters (5-2 against F91 Dudelange in November 2018), conceding two or more goals in three of those fixtures.
  • AC Milan’s Hakan Çalhanoğlu has been directly involved in 10 goals (5 goals, 5 assists) in his last seven Europa League games (including qualifiers).