JOHN GUIDETTI has revealed he was an Inter Milan fan as a child – but is backing Celtic to win tomorrow night.
The on-loan Manchester City striker is hoping to get a crack at his boyhood heroes in the Europa League tie at a sell-out Parkhead.
Guidetti admitted: “Inter are one of my favourite teams.
“When I was little I supported Inter, I had the shirt, too. I’m Swedish and my countryman Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in Milan, I was at San Siro for him.“Once I nearly even joined Inter, I was about 13, I was taken to Milan and trained there. I also played a bounce game against a former club legend, Beppe Baresi, I think.”Guidetti praised the team coached by his former Etihad boss Roberto Mancini, but believes the Hoops fans can blow them away in the east end of Glasgow.
The 22-year-old said: “They’re a very strong team. Xherdan Shaqiri is great, I played against him in the Feyenoord-Basel match.
“Hernanes has great technique and I know the same is true of Gary Medel.“They fight from start to finish, but to come to us and win is not easy.“Celtic Park will be sold out with 60,000 people. For me, if you take the fans away from football, there’s nothing left.“Players come and go, but they spend their money to follow the team year after year, and demand only one thing – passion.”
Guidetti admitted he is still undecided about his future when his Manchester City contract expires at the same time as his loan deal with the Hoops.
He added: “At the end of the season, I’ll be a free agent, with no contract.
“I’m a Celtic player now, but it’s impossible to say where I’ll end up.“Italy? I was close to Sampdoria, I trained with them at 15, in the Primavera once and in the first team once.“It was the team with Montella and Cassano, I liked everything, then Sven-Goran Eriksson brought me to City.“I have a lot to thank Roberto Mancini for. He gave me my debut in the first team and advised me to go to Feyenoord.
“He was right, I had my best season in the Netherlands.
“I see that he’s spoken about me recently. He’s different class, just like he was as a player.”
Guidetti may start tomorrow night’s tie on the subs’ bench after failing to score a goal since the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Hearts in November.
Before that, the Swede had become a fans’ favourite after rattling in 11 goals in 16 games.