As the UEFA Champions League awakes from its mid-winter slumber, the knockout stages begin with a tasty looking tie in the east end of Glasgow. Neil Lennon’s Celtic welcome Italian giants Juventus in a match-up that, although isn’t the most high profile of the round of 16, is certainly one of the most intriguing.
The Scottish champions, currently galloping away with their domestic title race, have successfully found the balance needed to maintain their supremacy in Scotland while simultaneously being able to muster a worthwhile challenge on the continental scene.
Having been drawn in what looked like a very tough group, they scaled the unlikely heights to defeat Barcelona and edge out the more favoured Benfica and Spartak Moscow in the fight to reach the latter stages.
Juventus, who were also handed a stiff assignment in the group draw, progressed with Shakhtar Donetsk at the expense of reigning champions, Chelsea. The Turin based club find themselves topping Serie A with only Napoli as their realistic challengers as they seek to win back-to-back Scudettos and their 29th in total.