|Europa League: Celtic v Lazio|
|Venue: Celtic Park Date: Thursday, 24 October Kick-off: 20: 00 BST|
|Protection: Hear on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/on-line; stay textual converse commentary on the BBC Sport web web web page online|
Perhaps bigger than every other Italian club, Lazio were thrust into the British consciousness within the early 1990s.
Exposure within the UK to Serie A soccer coincided with the long urge Rangers midfielder Paul Gascoigne’s plod to the Rome club, having starred for England at the Italia 90 World Cup two years beforehand.
Though Gascoigne did not make a choice a trophy in his three years at ‘I Biancocelesti’, the last decade used to be their halcyon length, bringing victory within the last Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup, the Uefa Orderly Cup, the Coppa Italia and their 2nd and most most modern ‘Scudetto’. They’d also cease runners-up within the Uefa Cup.
At some level of this length, other world soccer stars would strut their stuff in Lazio’s light blue, such as Pavel Nedved, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Marcelo Salas, Juan Veron and Hernan Crespo, moreover to homegrown internationals including Roberto Mancini, Christian Vieri and Alessandro Nesta.
The steady data for Celtic forward of the upcoming mid-community Europa League double-header is that Lazio contain long since shed the muscle they once flexed.
They opened the community with a defeat in Romania to Cluj forward of redressing the steadiness with a home victory over Rennes last time out.
Most frequently a mid-desk aspect at present, Lazio received automatic entry to the groups by a hit their seventh Italian Cup last season, defeating Atalanta with dull targets from two gamers who could well moreover position off Neil Lennon’s aspect headaches on Thursday and within the Rome return in a fortnight.
And so that they formula to Scotland buoyed by a ambitious comeback from 3-0 down in opposition to last season’s closing opponents with 21 minutes to play to salvage a design.
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The Spanish-born Serbia global is an prominent, important midfielder who scored the opening purpose in last season’s cup closing clutch over Atalanta. As a teen, the 24-yr-stale conducted under abnormal Scotland and Rangers manager Alex McLeish at Belgian aspect Genk and could well moreover moreover approach up in opposition to the Scots if every countries attain their Euro 2020 play-off closing.
He scored the equaliser in opposition to Rennes in Lazio’s last community game.
The four-cap Argentine used to be signed in 2018 from Sevilla no longer long after he used to be despatched off by Scottish referee Willie Collum for the length of a Champions League quarter-closing in opposition to Bayern Munich. Correa scored the clinching 2nd purpose as Lazio lifted the Coppa Italia in Could well presumably also fair.
Perhaps the most infamous of the Lazio squad, the Italy global, who conducted at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, has been deadly since signing in 2016. That is borne out within the prolific statistic that has considered him ranking 96 targets in 143 video games. The striker started his profession at Juventus forward of spells at Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla, however it is at Lazio that he has if reality be told flourished.
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He has scored 11 targets in 11 video games this season, with two transformed penalties at the weekend, both aspect of of a beautiful Correa strike.
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