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Wanyama: One to watch

Wanyama: One to watch

Celtic will be looking to write history and become the first Scottish team to book a Champions League quarter-final tie, but face a huge task when they take on Juventus in the first-leg of their last-16 clash at Celtic Park.

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The Hoops earned their place in the first knock-out round after coming second in Group B, having beaten European juggernauts Barcelona, who topped the standings, while Benfica and Spartak Moscow finished third and fourth respectively.

Neil Lennon's men can now draw inspiration from their 2001 success over the Old Lady, when the Glasgow giants recorded a pulsating 4-3 European Cup victory in Parkhead.

Juve, though, are currently flying high at the top of Serie A, where they hold a five-point lead following back-to-back victories, while they also saw off holders Chelsea 3-0 in their Group E clash last year to eventually top the standings

In team news, Celtic up-and-comer Victor Wanyama should get his chance to impress, with the 21-year-old Kenya international having really caught the eye during the club's tough group adventure.

Giorgos Samaras is set for a late fitness test, while Emilio Izaguirre has been given the green light following a return from injury.

Juventus, meanwhile, may choose to rest Kwadwo Asamoah, the Ghana midfielder only just having returned from international duty at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Giorgio Chiellini, though, will play no part as he is suspended, while Paolo De Ceglie is nursing a thigh strain.

Posted: 12/02/13 10:40

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