• AC Milan beat Celtic, 3-1, in their recent Europa League matchup
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up big time in the game
  • Celtic FC admits that Ibrahimovic posed a big problem all throughout the game

Zlatan Ibrahimovic displayed no signs of slowing down in leading AC Milan to an awe-inspiring 3-1 Europa League victory over Celtic FC on Thursday.

The 39-year-old's passing proficiency overwhelmed the Bhoys' defensive strategy as it created multiple opportunities for AC Milan's attackers to score.

Rade Krunic got AC Milan on the scoreboard at the 14th minute of the contest. Ibrahimovic then pushed the offense that paved the way for Brahim Diaz to extend the lead to 2-nil before half-time.

"We got into good areas in the first half, but the final ball needs to be better at this level, we gave away two soft goals," Celtic FC manager Neil Lennon lamented in an interview with Sky Sports.

Jens Petter joined the scoring fiesta pretty late but managed to write his name on the ledger with a goal in injury time.

The Celtic football manager admitted that Ibrahimovic was too much to handle for his hapless crew.

“I'm disappointed we lost. I thought we deserved something from the game. We were very good in the second half, a lot better, better play, better body language, but we lacked a cutting edge,” Lennon said.

"But we made changes at half-time and we played better in the second half."

Despite the disappointing setback at the hands of Ibrahimovic and AC Milan, Lennon is still gazing at the bright side of his team's current situation.

"We could have shied away from it all after the criticism we have taken and I have taken, but they showed their personality in the second half," he stated.

Ibrahimovic has played a key role in AC Milan's campaigns since his transfer from Los Angeles Galaxy. The group dubbed as "Rossoneri" looks to carry over their momentum in their next Serie A match against Roma on Monday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are in confident mood heading into the derby against Inter on Saturday
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan are in confident mood heading into the derby against Inter on Saturday AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA