Friday 21 October 2016

Celtic star Kris Commons: We're not running scared of Fenerbahce

Celtic's Kris Commons
Celtic's Kris Commons
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie greets supporters during his contract-signing ceremony with Turkish club Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, July 14, 2015

Kris Commons hailed Robin van Persie and Nani as world class but the Celtic midfielder is not fazed by Fenerbahce.

The 32-year-old, as a Derby County player, faced up to Nani when the Portugal international was at Manchester United and he experienced the abilities of Holland striker Van Persie at first hand on international duty with Scotland six years ago.

Commons was succinct in his summation of the duo - "they are world class" - but insists the Premiership side will not be worried ahead of the Europa League clash with the Turkish side at Parkhead on Thursday night.

"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," Commons said.

"We've seen footage of them in the last couple of days and they've still got the business. We're going to come up against a very strong team but I wouldn't say we're scared of any individual.

Robin van Persie at Fenerbahce

"Our game plan is to eliminate their best players but there's nothing to worry about.

"It will be very difficult. I regard this group as a Champions League group.

"It's full of top quality European players. When they put their starting eleven out you will see some household names but if we put our mind to it we'll give them a good game."

Hoops boss Ronny Deila will ignore speculation about a rift between Van Persie and Fenerbahce coach Vitor Pereira.

The 32-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester United striker has not always been a first pick but has come off the bench to score in the Turkish side's last two games, a 2-1 home win over Bursaspor and a 3-2 away defeat by Besiktas.

"There are a lot of rumours in football," said the Norwegian.

"We have to focus on what we are going to do to cause Fenerbahce problems and they have to deal with what they have to deal with.

"What we know about Fenerbahce is that when they are playing at their best they are a very good team."

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