Neil Lennon has seen Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper depart this summer although the champions of Scotland produced a memorable comeback to defeat Shakhtar Karagandy in the play-off round and will hope to keep the Rossoneri quiet this week.
The pressure will be off Celtic for this match and they can be backed at 7/1 (bet365) to get off to a flyer by enjoying a victory against the Serie A giants, with Lennon hoping that his side can snatch a point and that outcome is on offer at odds of 7/2.
It has been three wins on the bounce for the Bhoys, who followed up that Champions League success with away victories at Dundee United and Hearts, the latter of which was a 3-1 triumph which saw Teemu Pukki open his account following the forward’s arrival from Schalke.
The Finn is a 14/1 chance to open the scoring at the San Siro, although it is likely to be Derk Boerrigter leading the line and the £3million man might be starved of service as Celtic look to create a solid defence against dangerous opposition.
Indeed, some might consider the 8/15 (Coral) about a home win as good value considering there is a gulf in quality between the two sides. While Milan are not the force of old, they have several talented players in their ranks including former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Milan overcame PSV Eindhoven 4-1 on aggregate to reach the group stage of the Champions League and will be keen to get three points on the board ahead of matches against Ajax and the mighty Barcelona, with that man Balotelli a 9/2 chance with Paddy Power to score the first goal.
The Rossoneri staged a late comeback to draw 2-2 away to Torino, with Sulley Muntari scoring in 87th minute before Balotelli fired home an even later penalty, while Nigel de Jong is another former City player in the Milan ranks.
Milan have scored three goals in each of their two home matches this season and it’s hard to see them failing to find the net against Celtic, although the visitors might have some joy in front of goal themselves as the Italian side have only kept one clean sheet in five games.
Both Teams to Score looks a reasonable punt at odds of 23/20 with BetVictor and a 3-1 success for Milan can be backed with some confidence at 13/1 with the same firm. They are attack-minded who know they can ill-afford any slip-ups ahead of tricky away matches in Glasgow, Amsterdam and Barcelona.