Podolski snub is a boost to Celtic, or is it?

Lukas Podolski will not face Celtic in the Europa League for Inter Milan.

Celtic's Champions League opponents Inter Milan have been forced into making a tough decision over their new signings.

Inter brought in two big name players in the January transfer window, Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri, but only one will face the Scottish champions.

Football Italia confirm Inter have submitted their squad list to UEFA, and there is no place for Arsenal loanee Lukas Podolski.

It's a disappointing blow for the German World Cup winner, who was snubbed most of the season in the Premier League by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Why is it such good news for Celtic?

Any time a striker as lethal as Podolski cannot take the field, it is a boost for the opponent. This is especially the case for a Celtic side which conceded seven goals in their final two Europa League games against Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.

Podolski was actually Arsenal's joint top scorer in the Champions League this season, netting three goals in less minutes than Danny Welbeck or Alexis Sanchez, with a more clinical strike rate.

  TeamGoalsScoring V Shooting AccuracyWon ContestMins Played
Lukas Podolski Arsenal 3 50% 2 128
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 3 20% 23 422
Danny Welbeck Arsenal 3 21% 6 337

And why is it not good news for Celtic?

No Lukas Podolski is good news, but is the player selected in his place even more dangerous for the Celtic to face?

Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri joined on a permanent deal from 2013 Champions League winners Bayern Munich.

The Switzerland international is a player able to get the whole side ticking, and will be crucial to Roberto Mancini's side across both legs. 

Celtic will have to be at their best to keep his impact to a minimum, and his inclusion and addition to Inter could yet prove to be a decisive factor in the tie.

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