Lennon confirms absence of Celtic star vs. Milan; brands Ibrahimovic ‘one of the best of all time’

By Oliver Fisher -

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed that he is expecting a tough game on Thursday night from an AC Milan side that are bang in form.

Milan will be looking to continue their perfect start to the 2020-21 season when they face the trip to Scotland to face Celtic on Thursday night.

The Rossoneri have gone 20 games unbeaten in all competitions since football resumed after lockdown including 16 wins, and have won seven out of seven across all competitions to begin the current campaign.

Milan also make the trip having won Saturday’s Derby della Madonnina against Inter by a scoreline of 2-1.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Lennon answered a few questions from journalists about Pioli’s side, with his answers transcribed by MilanNews and translated below.

On Laxalt: “Diego is a great player, and one I admired. He knows how to play and here he will certainly have an opportunity to play continuously.”

On the struggles of Milan in recent years: “In the past I have faced Milan both as a player and as a manager. Of course, they had a bad time, but it can happen. Today they have a new coach with a young group and there is Ibrahimovic, a charismatic leader.

“Zlatan is a champion, a great professional. Physically he is fantastic, he is certainly one of the best of all time.”

On the absence of Calhanoglu: “It could be helpful, but we’re still playing against a strong team. He is intelligent and good at set pieces, a fundamental player. However, they remain the favourites.

“It will be very important to win home games. We know how Milan play, but I expect a great performance from my team.”

On the line-up changes: “Tomorrow there may be some changes compared to the team that took the field against Rangers. Edouard? He won’t play.”

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