Commons admits to Euro pressure

15 July 2014 04:20:51 EST

Celtic's Kris Commons claims it is "vital" that they progress into the Champions League group stages ahead of their qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

Kris Commons says it is vital Celtic progress in Europe this season.

The reigning Scottish Premiership champions have made the trip to Iceland ahead of Tuesday's second qualifying round first leg encounter, which is also new Norwegian boss Ronny Deila's first competitive game in charge since he replaced Neil Lennon in the hotseat this summer.

Commons claims the loss of relegated Edinburgh duo Hibernian and Hearts and the ongoing absence of Glasgow rivals Rangers from the Premiership next season means it is imperative they can make progress in Europe for the "entertainment value".

He said: "We've lost a couple of big hitters in our top flight so it's vital for entertainment value that we are coming up against Europe's elite.

"European football keeps everyone interested, not only at Celtic but in Scotland.

"But for our own personal pride the Champions League is the place to be and we want to be putting ourselves up against Europe's elite."

Commons is looking forward to the game and feels Deila is trying to implement a more attractive style of play into the team without changing "too much too quickly".

We've lost a couple of big hitters in our top flight so it's vital for entertainment value that we are coming up against Europe's elite.

Kris Commons

Looking ahead to the game against KR Reykjavik, he added: "We want to control the game and get the tempo up so we can get the goals and take a good result home with us.

"Celtic have been successful for many years and we have to adapt slowly, it's important to take the good things from before and get some small things into the team as I want to have it.

"Everything is about winning, but I have to think about how we win. That's the important thing, and I have to get my team to perform as good as possible.

"Champions League matches are special. I feel comfortable and I'm looking forward to it. It's a big game but that's why I came here, to play big games and have a possibility to get into Europe."

Charlie Mulgrew will get the nod to captain the side in the absence of the injured Scott Brown, while Efe Ambrose could feature despite playing for Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Celtic are 1/1 to win the game and take a lead back to Celtic Park for the second leg. The hosts can be be backed at 1/1 and the draw is 1/1.

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