Commons relishing atmosphere

Celtic winger up for Champions League experience

Kris Commons: Relishing the experience of tasting the atmosphere of big European nights

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Kris Commons admits he cannot wait to sample the atmosphere of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Benfica.

Celtic make their return to the group stages of the Champions League after a four-year absence when they play host to Benfica.

Commons, who played a key role in helping the Bhoys qualify for the group stages, is looking forward to the experience of playing at Celtic Park on big European nights.

"If selected and I get to play in my first ever Champions League group stage game, it's going to be one of the most memorable moments of my career," Commons told the Celtic View.

"Just the atmosphere and the whole experience is something I'm thoroughly looking forward to and hopefully we can all shrug the weekend's result off our shoulders and get to the job in hand, put a performance in and show the Celtic fans what we are capable of doing."

Commons also feels Celtic need to win all their home games if they are to stand any chance of progressing from a group containing Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

"From a personal point of view, I think if we have any hope of qualifying for the last 16, then we need to go out and try to win our home games and take as many points as we can at Celtic Park," added Commons.