Celtic captain Scott Brown has told the Scotsman where he feels his side have a slight advantage against Europa League opponents Inter Milan.
The Bhoys head to Italy for the second leg of their game against the Serie A giants looking to cause an upset and force their way into the next round.
Celtic fought back brilliantly in the first meeting between the clubs to draw 3-3 and Brown feels the physical fitness within the squad is an edge they hold over Roberto Mancini’s team.
“You could see our fitness at the end. The Inter lads were going down with cramp but we were still raring to go in those final few minutes,” said Brown.
Celtic will need every bit of that fitness in the game this week because they could be placed under extensive pressure.
There will be long periods of the game where Celtic play without possession and that means a lot of running for players in all key areas.
They’ll also have to be very aggressive because of the away goals Inter have managed to accumulate and the subsequent advantage that gives them.
If they score the first goal, the Bhoys will have a huge mountain to climb but if Brown leads well on the pitch and manager Ronny Deila leads well from the sideline, they should be confident of getting the right result.
In those final moments, if Celtic are still in the game, as players start to look tired, the extra level of fitness Celtic have could make all the difference.