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Ronny Deila outlines Inter's two strongest positions ahead of Europa League clash

Ronny Deila believes a strong midfield and dangerous attackers are where Inter Milan excel.

Celtic's Europa League campaign gets back underway later this month, with a huge two-legged tie against Italian giants Inter Milan on the horizon.

After progressing through a tough group with Red Bull Salzburg, Dinamo Zabreg and Astra Giurgiu, Celtic have been presented with a plum tie in the last 32.

Inter, who won the 2010 Champions League under then-boss Jose Mourinho, have slipped in recent years, but remain a threat under new manager Roberto Mancini.

With the first leg at Celtic Park just ten days away, Bhoys manager Ronny Deila took a trip to Italy on Sunday night to watch Inter against Palermo in a Serie A tie.

Inter swept Palermo aside at the San Siro, winning 3-0 thanks to a goal from Fredy Guarin as well as a brace from Argentine striker Mauro Icardi.

Deila was impressed with Inter, and outlined their strength in midfield as well as the threat they pose in the final third after that 3-0 win during an interview with the Celtic website.

"Inter are a good, strong team who are powerful, particularly in the midfield," he said. "And they have strikers who can score goals. In the end, they won the match quite easily."

"We know it’s going to be a tough game for us but there are also opportunities because, as well as having strengths, Inter also have some weaknesses," added Deila.

In midfield, Inter can call upon the likes of Gary Medel, Fredy Guarin, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic, whilst the attacking prowess of Rodrigo Palacio, Xherdan Shaqiri and Icardi will be a dangerous trio for Celtic to handle.

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