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Neil Lennon's men face a must-win clash against Massimiliano Allegri's side in Glasgow on Tuesday night and our Scottish tipster is expecting a very tight affair

Celtic go into Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League crunch clash with Milan knowing that victory is essential if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of this year’s competition.

Defeat against Ajax in their last Champions League match has left Neil Lennon’s side bottom of Group H and, with the Hoops facing a daunting trip to Camp Nou next month, the Scottish Champions desperately need a positive result here.

Celtic are chalked up as 9/5 (2.80) chance with William Hill to claim all three points here while Massimiliano Allegri’s men are rated as a 6/4 (2.50) chance with William Hill to take a giant stride towards the last 16 with victory in Glasgow.

The draw is available at 11/5 (3.20) with the same firm.

William Hill’s special “headline offer” for Tuesday’s encounter relates to former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who is again likely to lead the line for the Serie A outfit against the Hoops.

The odds compilers are offering a special price of 4/1 (5.0) for Balotelli to score at any time in a victory for the visitors on Tuesday while the same firm offer 6/1 (7.0) that Celtic striker Anthony Stokes nets at any time in a home win – another “headline offer”.

The Hoops will surely be heartened by Milan’s recent run of poor form, with Massimiliano Allegri’s men having failed to win any of their last seven competitive fixtures in all competitions, the latest lacklustre performance prompting fans to protest outside the stadium stopping players leaving the San Siro.

Furthermore, Milan have scored just two goals in their last four matches and will be desperately hoping for a change of fortune against Neil Lennon’s men.

Celtic, though, have conceded just two goals in five European ties on home soil thus far this season and will be keen to keep it tight against Milan on Tuesday.

As good as the backline has been in Europe this camapign, Neil Lennon will be concerned that, excluding qualifiers, Celtic have scored in just one of their last six Champions League fixtures.

The 4/6 (1.67) quote from William Hill for fewer than three goals to be scored looks to be a solid selection here but it is slightly skinny and, thus, punters are encouraged to snap up the 10/11 (1.91) quote for either ot both sides to fail to score on what promises to be a tense night in Glasgow.

NO to Both Teams to Score at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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