Inter Milan striker Pablo Osvaldo has said that he is not scared of a hostile reception by the Celtic fans.
Italian giants Inter and Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have been drawn against each other in the round of 32 of the Europa League.
The first leg of the tie will be played at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Thursday February 19, with Milan’s San Siro to host the second leg a week later.
Celtic Park has one of the most enthralling atmospheres anywhere in Europe, but Southampton-owned Osvaldo has played down its significance.
“They talk about their famous atmosphere but it will not intimidate me,” The Daily Record quotes the 28-year-old as saying.
“If the Celtic fans make it hostile then I will feed off that – and will punish them. Celtic are a big club but I am sure that we will progress.”
Osvaldo seems defiant about Inter’s chances, and he has every reason to be. After all, Inter do have a good squad and the San Siro is one of the best stadiums in the world.
However, Inter should not get too complacent. If they fail to score at Celtic Park and lose by two goals, then the Nerazzurri could be out of the Europa League.