Celtic v Milan
Celtic host Milan at Parkhead, knowing that they only need to match Shakhtar’s result in Donetsk to earn a place in the Uefa Cup.
Tonight’s encounter represents a daunting prospect for Celtic.
“We are playing a side who won the Italian championship last year, who won the Champions League the previous year and who are flying again this year,” said coach Martin O’Neill.
“They are coming here looking to clinch the group, so it’s going to be a mammoth task for us. But having said that we must be up for the game and approach it in a positive manner.
It will be almost impossible not to hear what’s going on in the other game,” added the Celtic manager.
“Initially we’re in a position where we don’t have to worry about it, but we are playing Milan and I think there will be the occasional thought as to what’s happening over there.”
Celtic have a number of injury problems and their midfield looks particularly under-strength.
Bulgarian Stilian Petrov is manager Martin O’Neill’s main concern with an ankle problem, but Stephen Pearson and Didier Agathe are also rated as doubtful.
One boost for Celtic is the return to fitness of Shaun Maloney and he could yet feature if Pearson, Agathe or Petrov fail to make the game.
Milan, eager to win the group, bring a full strength side to Glasgow.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti knows a point will take his side through as group winners.
“We will play the best Milan team,” said Ancelotti.
“It will be quite difficult to play in this stadium with a big home crowd behind Celtic but we will put out our best side.”