Celtic will enter their own version of the Colosseum tonight as they face Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Matchday 5ย in the Champions League.

The task facing Brendan Rodgers may be a gargantuan one but the men in green and white hope will be hoping that history repeats itself and that the Scottish champions can fashion out their second-ever win on Italian soil and keep their dreams of delivering European football beyond Christmas intact.

Nothing less than a victory will do for Celtic in terms of qualification for the latter stages of either the Champions League or Europa League knockout stages.

Four years ago Neil Lennon famously guided Celtic to a historic 2-1 win over Lazio in the Europa League group stage to book a spot in the last 32.

James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham were on the scoresheet on a memorable European night for Celtic in the Italian capital and Rodgers hinted that he may yet turn to his evergreen winger to see if he can turn the clock back with another stellar display in the same iconic venue.

Celtic are without suspended Honduran winger Luis Palma and the 50-year-old looks set to give Forrest the nod to aid the cause in this win-or-bust Group E clash.


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The Northern Irishman said: "It is clear we are missing a lot of players who are really dynamic for us, and they can change how the football game looks for us. It is also an opportunity for the other guys to come in. James (Forrest) will be available for the game.

"He didn't train so much over the international break so rather than him sit on the bench at the weekend we wanted to give him some training until the game. He is available which is good for us. We also have Yang (Hyun-Jun) and Mikey Johnston.

"There will be lots of players who in the first part of the season maybe haven't had the opportunity that they would like. When you get that opportunity then you have to want to take it. I am looking forward to seeing us play and those players perform."

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