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Deila: Celtic good enough to beat Inter Milan


Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila

Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists his side are good enough to knock Inter Milan out of the Europa League.

The Hoops will take on the Italian giants, now coached by former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, in the last 32, a repeat of the 1967 European Cup final, the most famous night in the club's history.

The Glasgow side defeated Inter 2-1 in Lisbon to become the first British team to win the European title.

Like Celtic, Inter have had their domestic struggles - they are languishing in mid-table in Serie A - and Deila is relishing the clash.

"It's going to be a very good match and I'm really looking forward to it," Deila said.


"We are meeting a big opponent but we always have a chance.

"I know Roberto Mancini is their manager now, that they have been struggling a bit for the last year or two and aren't the team they were in 2010 when they won the Champions League.

"But they are a good team and it's going to be a tough game. Everything is possible, however, and we have everything to play for. We will have to be at our best in both games to hopefully go through.

"The history adds to the match and every training exercise and match will be to prepare us as good as possible for the matches."

Celtic's in-form striker John Guidetti will be available for selection after he was not registered in time to play in the group stage.


"It will be a positive thing to have John with us during these games," added Deila.

"It's important to get everybody ready for the game, keep them injury-free and keep the squad as good as possible."

Inter managing director Marco Fassone knows the tie is a glamorous one.

"The Celtic tie has the feel of a Champions League match, due to the two sides' history," he said on the Inter website.

"There will be an incredible atmosphere, but we're ready to face that.

"Playing the second leg at home is a minor advantage. It will be one of the most exciting ties of the round."