John Guidetti flirts with Inter Milan after Celtic's Europa League defeat

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The soon-to-be out-of-contract striker was asked about a potential move to the Serie A side following his loan club's 1-0 loss at the San Siro.

After his late goalscoring heroics in last week’s 3-3 draw at Parkhead, Celtic striker John Guidetti couldn’t provide a similar impact in the second-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Inter Milan, but that didn’t stop him from entertaining the idea of a switch to the Serie A giants when speaking to TMW post-match.

Celtic went into the match at the San Siro confident of causing an upset, with Guidetti brought into the line-up after coming on to net the crucial equaliser in their first meeting, but his side were dealt a significant blow in the 36th-minute when Virgil van Dijk was shown his marching orders following two bookings in quick succession.

The Scottish champions still managed to live with the home side through most of the second half, but Freddy Guarin’s 88th-minute long-range strike consigned them to a 1-0 defeat on Thursday night and sent them crashing out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate.

Guidetti himself was none too pleased with Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak’s decision to send off Van Dijk, as well as Stuart Armstrong’s denied spot-kick appeal, and made his feelings more than clear at the final whistle.

“It’s a shame,” he said. “I don’t think that van Dijk should’ve gotten a second yellow card for that challenge. It’s incredible, the referee killed the game.

“I think we played really well, we created a lot of chances and I think that we should’ve gotten a penalty. I got to see the penalty situation on video and it seemed like a clear penalty.

“It’s always hard to play with one man down, playing against Inter is difficult because they’re a good team and plus the San Siro gives them a big advantage.

“But still, it’s sad that the match was decided by the referee.”

  Total ShotsTotal Key PassesTotal Passes Passing AccuracyTotal Take-onsTouchesUnsuccessful TouchesDispossessedMins Played
John Guidetti 0 2 15 80% 0 27 4 2 59

On a season-long loan from Manchester City, Guidetti’s former Blues boss Roberto Mancini was on the opposite sideline at the San Siro, which also led the press to pose some questions about his future.

The Sweden international is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium in the summer and, while a permanent move to Celtic has been mooted, talks have been put off until later in the season.

Marseille are said to be preparing to make a swoop for his signature, per the likes of the Scotsman, but he also admitted his admiration for Inter last week, having grown up following the club due to ex-Nerazzurri star and compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Guidetti in fact came close to joining the Italian side as a teenager after a brief training stint and, when asked about a potential full-time move in the near future, sounded more than open to the idea.

“Who knows, life is full of surprises, you never know what it can give you,” he declared. “Now my only thought is to finish well at Celtic, when I tried to Inter I was very young.”

Nevertheless, Guidetti’s current form far from warrants a switch to a club of Inter’s stature, having scored just twice since November, and been taken off against Mancini’s men after a poor 59-minute outing which failed to produce a single scoring attempt.

The front man did of course make a fantastic start to his Hoops spell, though, grabbing 11 goals in his first 12 games to earn widespread plaudits, suggesting that, at 22, he still has a great deal of potential left to fulfil.

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