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Tuesday February 12 2013
Line-ups: Celtic-Juventus

Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Andrea Pirlo lead the way as Juventus take on Celtic in the Champions League, but Georgios Samaras is out.

The Bianconeri kick off the first leg of this Round of 16 fixture at Celtic Park at 19.45 GMT.

Vucinic and Matri remain the strike partners after their performance in the 2-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday.

As always, Pirlo holds the midfield reins, joined by Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

There were only some doubts for Coach Antonio Conte, as Federico Peluso has been picked rather than Emanuele Giaccherini for the left flank.

Martin Caceres steps in for the injured Giorgio Chiellini in a back three, while Paolo De Ceglie joins the sidelined Simone Pepe and Nicklas Bendtner.

Kwadwo Asamoah flew straight to Glasgow after his Africa Cup of Nations duty, but is in the stands, while Paul Pogba and Nicolas Anelka are on the bench.

Celtic qualified from the group stage after a shock home victory against Barcelona, so are not to be under-estimated.

Striker Samaras was in doubt with a hamstring injury and is not even on the bench, but Efe Ambrose starts despite the fact he only flew in this morning after playing for Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Final victory on Sunday.

Emilio Izaguirre and James Forrest shook off injuries to start with Kris Commons and Gary Hooper in attack.

Celtic: Forster; Lustic, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Commons, Hooper

Celtic bench: Zaluska, Matthews, Kayal, Ledley, Miku, Watt, Lassad

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso; Matri, Vucinic

Juventus bench: Storari, Pogba, Giovinco, Anelka, Padoin, Quagliarella, Marrone

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