Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi warns Celtic fans that they can't intimidate him

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has warned Celtic fans that an intense atmosphere will only spur him on.

Celtic may have battled to a 2-1 win over St. Johnstone on Saturday, but their focus now turns to a huge Europa League tie this week.

The Bhoys managed to advance through a tricky group, which featured Red Bull Salzburg, Astra Giurgiu and Dinamo Zagreb, and are now rewarded with a plum tie in the last 32.

Italian giants Inter Milan travel to Glasgow on Thursday to face Ronny Deila's men, almost five years since they won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

It's fair to say that the Italians have regressed now, but they still pose a big threat to Celtic's hopes of making the last 16, with Roberto Mancini now at the helm.

The former Manchester City boss can call upon the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Fredy Guarin, Xherdan Shaqiri and Rodrigo Palacio, whilst he also has a bright young striker at his disposal in Mauro Icardi.

The 21-year-old Argentine has hit 15 goals in just 26 appearances this season, and has recently been linked with moves to Chelsea and Tottenham.

The former Sampdoria hitman is a confident player, and told the Daily Record that he won't be intimidated by the Celtic Park crowd, who are renowned for their superb support on European nights.

"The Celtic fans will create an intense atmosphere, but anybody who knows me knows that things like that do not affect me. If anything I will feed off it," said Icardi. 

"If the Celtic fans think they can create an atmosphere that will intimidate me they are in for a shock. The day of the game in Scotland is my birthday – and the only present I want on Thursday is to come back to Italy with a good victory for Inter. It’s so important that we get off to a good start and put ourselves in a good position for the second game," he added.

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