On the one hand, many Celtic fans would dearly love to see Lionel Messi at Celtic Park on Wednesday, he’s one of the greatest players of all time and it would be a shame if he missed out.
On the other hand, Barcelona arriving at Celtic Park without Messi would be a boost for Brendan Rodgers on the pitch. Barcelona are a great team without Messi, but they often seem to miss him when he’s out, and drew 0-0 with Malaga at the weekend.
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo shout ‘Objetivo Glasgow’ from their Monday front page, and the big plan is to get Messi ready for the Celtic match, with the Argentine pictured tussling with Erik Sviatchenko. Messi was ill at the weekend, and Barcelona released a statement explaining the player had a virus and was vomiting before the match, and therefore not included.
The updates are that Messi slept well on Saturday night, and there’s hope he’s going to be available to torment Bredan Rodgers once again. He turned up to training on Monday morning, and Barcelona will conduct some tests to see if he’s fine to train with the group.
Barcelona were hugely disappointed by the weekend draw, but Mundo explain there’s ‘no time to mourn’ and now total concentration is on Celtic. Messi’s fitness is the big story ahead of the match, but as it stands, and given he’s arrived at training today, it’s looking good for a Celtic Park appearance.