30 Sep Celtic don’t fear world class RVP and Nani, says Commons
Celtic midfielder Kris Commons admits Robin van Persie and Nani are still world-class players but says they won’t be overawed against the Fenerbahce duo.
The Hoops entertain the Turkish outfit in the Europa League at Celtic Park on Thursday, hoping to put a further dent in Vitor Pereira’s side’s chances of qualifying after their “surprise” defeat to Molde on matchday one.
Commons is no stranger to Nani after coming up against him whilst playing for Derby in a FA Cup match against Manchester United and he also is familiar with Van Persie’s ability after Scotland went head-to-head with Holland in a World Cup qualifier six years ago.
The midfielder says “he didn’t feel out of his depth” going up against the quality duo and he believes their powers haven’t waned despite moving to the Turkish league with Fenerbahce this summer.
“They are world class. It’s very difficult to compare them against players that have played here,” he said.
“They have been at the top of their game for a long, long period of time and proved they are world-class players so I regard them very highly. They can still do the business.
“However, the main reason we are successful at home is that we don’t worry about individuals.
“We’re going to come up against a very strong team but I wouldn’t say we’re scared of any individual. Our game plan is to eliminate their best players but there’s nothing to worry about.”
Celtic have stumbled in recent times after their Champions League elimination to Malmo and defeat to Aberdeen but Commons insists confidence has never been higher in the camp.
“No we haven’t lost our power. We’re a strong team at home, our form has shown that and we couldn’t be any more confident going into a game of football tomorrow night.”
On a personal note, Commons added: “I don’t feel like I have anything to prove. The whole reason I didn’t play was because I had a broken toe.
“For me, it was about getting up to speed and match fitness and then once in the team doing enough to stay in it. I hope I’ve done enough to stay in tomorrow.”