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MetiNews.Com - The pressure will be on the Premiership champions over the next two months.
Breaking News ! As if losing the first derby of the season wasn't bad enough, Celtic are now gearing up for a nightmare run of fixtures that could make or break their season. Saturday saw Neil Lennon's side comfortably beaten on their own patch by Rangers, who won back-to-back games at Parkhead for the first time in 25 years. That leaves Steven Gerrard's men four points clear at the top of the table as they look to stop Celtic making it 10 In A Row. The reigning champions do have a game in hand to play but it comes in the middle of what would be a season-defining run of fixtures. Both at home and in Europe they face ten tough tests that could see Lennon turn things around - or pile even more pressure on him. Celtic vs Milan - October 22 (Image: AFP via Getty Images) The seven-time European champions visit Celtic Park on Thursday night for the opening game of Europa League. Milan are unbeaten since March and currently sit top of Serie A with four wins from four. They've also got a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic up-front, with the Swede scoring five goals in three appearances this season. After a brace in the derby win over Inter the 39-year-old warned: "I feel more complete, I have more experience. When you are young you are still growing. "I feel more complete now, if I still had the condition of 10 years ago no-one would stop me - but even now they don't stop me." Aberdeen vs Celtic - October 25 (Image: SNS Group) Arguably the most crucial game on the fixture list is the next one. After defeat to Rangers this is now a must-win for Celtic. Victory would keep the pressure on their rivals - fail to win and the pressure is all on Lennon and his team. Lille vs Celtic - October 29 (Image: Getty Images) The European games come thick and fast and another in-form opponent lies in wait on matchday two. Lille have made an unbeaten start to the Ligue 1 campaign and currently sit just a point behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. With the likes of Renato Sanches and Jonathan Ikone they have the ability to hurt teams and after disappointing in last season's Champions League they've got everything to prove on the European stage.
. That means a trip to Hampden to face Aberdeen in the semi-final and Derek McInnes will have his men fired-up to take on either Hearts or Hibs in December's final. Celtic vs Sparta Prague - November 5
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They haven't been the force of old in recent years but Sparta Prague look to be back on track this season. They're two points clear of arch-rivals Slavia at the top of the Czech league having won all six games so far. Sparta have been abysmal in Europe over the last few campaigns but with the likes of Ladislav Krejci, Borek Dockal and Ondrej Celustka they're not short on quality and experience, while rising star Filip Soucek will want to impress on the European stage. Motherwell vs Celtic - November 8
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It's a trip to Fir Park after those European exertions and Motherwell are always a tough proposition. Stephen Robinson's men will hope to fight for the top four again this season and should put up a good fight. Hibs vs Celtic - November 21
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After the final international break of the year Celtic are thrown straight into the fire with a trip to face Hibs at Easter Road. Rangers have already come unstuck in Leith and Jack Ross has his side playing well this season. Add in the unknown quantity that is coronavirus absences after international duty and you've got a recipe for a really tough afternoon. Sparta Prague vs Celtic - November 26
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In any normal year this would have been marked in every Celtic fan's diary as an ideal European away trip. With no prospect of fans heading to the Czech capital though it now looks like another potential banana skin. You'd imagine both teams will be vying to make it to the next round and Sparta will want to make the most of home advantage. Betfred Cup tie - November 29
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We don't know who they're playing and Celtic will be seeded so this one shouldn't be too taxing - but it's still a knockout match where one small slip could be crucial. Milan vs Celtic - December 3
The nightmare run concludes with a trip to San Siro and a reunion with Milan. While the famous old stadium won't be backed with 80,000 fans it's still never going to be an easy place to go.
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It's true that Milan aren't the team that Celtic faced repeatedly in the mid-2000s - but it's also accurate to say this is their best side since the two last met in 2013.
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