Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told the Scotsman he expects Inter Milan to make a serious attempt to win the Europa League.
Celtic and Inter meet in the European competition tomorrow night and Collins feels Inter will see the tournament as a way for them to get their hands on a Champions League place for next season.
“Inter will now think this is their route to the Champions League. So all their focus, trust me, will be on this tie no matter what we think or what they say. They’ll be ready for it,” said Collins.
“They will be doing everything possible to get a result. I think all teams will be taking it unbelievably seriously.”
Celtic have home advantage for the match but Collins’ comments suggest he feels they need to be a little cautious.
Inter are a very experienced side and will be determined to put on a professional performance and grind out a result.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila and his assistant Collins could urge their team to take a number of different approaches to the match.
If the side can defend well and keep a clean sheet, they only have to take one half chance in attack to score and register a win, which gives them something to protect looking ahead to the second leg.
Alternatively, they could take a very aggressive approach to the game, trusting the back four to defend efficiently even if they play a high line.
The Bhoys could risk conceding to try and build more than a one goal advantage but the message from Collins to be wary and to be careful is clear.