Inter captain Andrea Ranocchia plays down injury fears, says he's ready to face Celtic

Inter Milan captain Andrea Ranocchia says he will be fit to face Celtic.

Inter Milan's clash with Celtic is almost here, with the Italian giants touching down in Glasgow this evening ahead of Thursday's matchup.

Roberto Mancini's side face the Bhoys at Celtic Park tomorrow in the last 32 of the Europa League, and are in good form after beating Atalanta 4-1 on Sunday.

Mancini named a 20-man squad for the game, which featured a number of big name players such as Nemanja VIdic, Fredy Guarin and Xherdan Shaqiri.

It also contained captain Andrea Ranocchia, and the centre back spoke to the club's official website today ahead of the game, saying that he is fit to face Celtic.

"I'm fine. I'm available for selection as I have been for the last few matches. There's no cause for concern because I'm fine both physically and mentally. I've come under fire this season but I think I've grown," he said.

"I'm the captain and I want to play an important role for this team. Besides trying to carry out what the gaffer asks me, I want to become more aggressive," added Ranocchia.

Ranocchia, who has 17 caps for Italy, was linked with a move to Manchester United two years ago, only to stay with Inter - and produce a number of inconsistent displays ever since.

The giant 27-year-old suffered a knee injury against Empoli a month ago, but has played every game since despite lingering fears over his well-being.

It seems that Ranocchia could start for Inter on Thursday after he confirmed that he is fit to take part, and Mancini will need him in peak condition if he is to prevent in-form Leigh Griffiths from finding the net yet again.

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