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Group D
Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)

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Having lost their Group D opener 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic are anxious to put their campaign back on track, although coach Gordon Strachan acknowledges the size of the task facing his side against last season’s winners.

“We need ability, belief and a bit of luck, which you always need when you’re playing against a top side,” said Strachan ahead of the visit of Milan. “It’s a young side we have at the moment, but we’re all looking forward to the game and pitting ourselves against some of the best players in the world.”

With striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink missing with a hamstring injury, along with right-back Mark Wilson (knee), Strachan will be hoping that Shunsuke Nakamura passes a late fitness test.

“He’s a big player for our club,” said Strachan. “The players like him in the side, but we can’t have a system based on one player and we need to compensate for that. We did OK on Saturday but with respect, this is a bigger challenge.”

Kaka was the difference between the teams last March, scoring the extra-time winner at the San Siro, but Strachan is refusing to take special precautions for the Brazilian.

“Kaká is one of their most exciting players as he showed against us last season,” he said. “To shrug off players and finish the way he did was just genius. But you have to think about the whole team and how you stop the ball going into areas where they like to play. Then, when we have the ball, we will have the belief to go and make things happen.”

Milan are without defender Kakha Kaladze and long-term casualties Paolo Maldini, Ronaldo and Serginho, although goalkeeper Dida is available after overcoming a shoulder injury.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti hopes the Champions League will restore confidence after a poor start to the season which has brought just one victory from their six Serie A matches

“We are not at our best at the moment,” admitted Ancelotti. “But the Champions League is a different stage and it should be a more open game at Celtic Park. We hope to turn this around and we are very focused on winning here.

“Nakamura is a very good player and obviously if he is on the pitch we will keep a close eye on him, especially from free-kicks. But we need to be careful about the whole team.”

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