Two in two: Guidetti ready for European recall

Celtic Parkhead

John Guidetti deserves the chance to take on Inter in Celtic's crucial Europa League encounter.

Celtic FC face a difficult task on Thursday night when they travel to San Siro for the second-leg of their Europa League tie against Inter Milan. The defense will have to be resolute, Craig Gordon error free, and goals at a premium if the Hoops are to overturn the three away goals scored by Inter. 

Ronny Deila knows which players fit his 4-2-3-1 system the best, with the only exception being the spearhead upfront.

John Guidetti looked to be the answer for the Hoops at the beginning of the season, starting his Celtic career with a mass of goals, finding the back of the net 11 times in his first 12 games, including a hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of Partick at the end of October.

But his goal scoring form tailed off massively and before the dramatic late equaliser against Inter Milan the 22-year-old had gone 10 appearances without a goal, resulting in Leigh Griffiths taking his place in the starting line up.

The young Sweden international followed his Europa League goal with another against Hamilton in the league, showing signs that he might be about to reignite his goal scoring form from earlier in the season.

Despite ending his goal drought the young striker faces competition from Leigh Griffiths who has scored three in his last four games. The 24-year-old Scotland international watched the win against Hamilton from the bench at the weekend prompting questions if he was being rested by Deila, or if Guidetti was being given the chance to build on his goal before Thursday’s return leg.

The question remains whether to select a striker who has just began to rediscover his form in Guidetti, or opt for Griffiths who has been more consistent in recent times.

The latter hasn’t scored in any of the seven Champions League and Europa League games he has featured in, suggesting he is still finding his feet at that level, whereas the former has more experience at a higher level, and more importantly a goal.

Whilst it is Deila’s decision to make, Guidetti’s instant impact at the end of the first-leg should be enough to earn him a starting place when Celtic look to progress in the Europa League

The question remains whether to pick a striker who has just began to rediscover his form in Guidetti, or opt for Griffiths who has been more consistent in recent times.

The latter hasn’t scored in any of the seven Champions League and Europa League games he has featured in, suggesting he is still finding his feet at that level, whereas the former has more experience at a higher level.

Whilst it is Deila’s decision to make, Guidetti’s instant impact at the end of the first-leg should be enough to earn him a starting place when Celtic look to progress in the Europa League.

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