INTER MILAN defender Nemania Vidic has warned his team-mates that they are in for an experience like no other on Thursday evening when they step out under the lights at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 passionate Celtic supporters for the Europa League first leg tie.
The former Manchester United defender, who moved to Inter last summer, said:
‘Throughout my career, I have played in some really tough places in terms of the noise and the passion the fans create. Every game I have played in Turkey stands out for passion created by the fans – but the best has been at Celtic Park.
‘There is no question on a big European night they are going to create a lot of noise – but we must be professional and mentally block it.’
Meanwhile Inter manager Roberto Mancini has highlighted Celtic’s on-loan Swedish striker John Guidetti as the danger man for Thursday. The two worked together at Manchester City where Mancini was the high profile boss and Guidetti a hugely talented youngster and Mancini has not forgotten how good a player Guidetti is. Mancini rates the Swede highly and also regards his as a good guy:
‘I want him to score goals and have a lot of success but not against Inter.
‘I hope John does not come back to haunt me but I hope he plays.
Injury held back Guidetti at City where he made just one first team appearance. Mancini nevertheless appreciates the player’s ability:
‘John was a fantastic talent. He can go to the very top if his physical condition stays okay.’
‘He is good with his feet, he is skilful. I like John a lot. He is a good player. I hope John does not come back to haunt me, but I hope he plays in these two games. I want him to score goals and have a lot of success in his career – but not against Inter!’