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ZLATAN’S QUICKFIRE HOOPS WARNING

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VETERAN AC Milan superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired a Europa League warning to Celtic last night.

The 39-year-old Swede thumped in a quickfire double as his team beat Inter 2-1 in the Milanese derby to set up their visit to Parkhead on Thursday night.

Ibrahimovic was making his comeback after testing positive for coronavirus and only making a return to training during the week.

The international ace put his side ahead in the 13th minute when he followed up the rebound after seeing keeper Samir Handanovic push out his penalty-kick. Three minutes later, he was celebrating again when he turned in a cross from Rafael Leao.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back just before the half-hour mark, but AC Milan held out and have now won their first four games and sit on top of the Serie A table, three points clear of Atalanta.

Neil Lennon is looking forward to pitting his wits against the colourful character was a second time in Europe after facing him when Ibrahimovic was at Ajax. Martin O’Neill’s side won 3-1 in Amsterdam and lost 1-0 in Glasgow in a dramatic Champions League qualifying double-header in August 2001.

The Hoops gaffer, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I wasn’t really aware of him before those games, but we all were afterwards because he was superb.

“He has gone on to become one of the best players in the world for the last 20 years.

“Zlatan is a huge personality in the game, but he has backed it up throughout his career, and, at 39, he is still a physical specimen and a class player.”

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