Monday 19 March 2018

Commons warns Barcelona of Hoops threat

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Kris Commons has told Barcelona it would be "very unprofessional" of them to turn up at Celtic Park next week thinking that Champions League lightning could not strike twice.

In a never-to-be-forgotten night in the east end of Glasgow last November, Neil Lennon's side beat the Catalan giants 2-1 in their group match on their way to the last-16 of the competition.

Celtic played well in a 2-0 defeat to Milan at the San Siro on match day one of this season's campaign, which encouraged the Hoops midfielder, who shrugged off the shock 1-0 defeat by Morton in the Scottish League Cup third-round on Tuesday night.

Ahead of the SPL clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park today, Commons was asked what were the chances of another unlikely win over Barca.

"It is going to be difficult but I think it will be very unprofessional of them if they didn't think that we were a threat," he said. "I know we got beaten by Morton the other night but they will be looking at footage of us playing against AC Milan and how well we did there."

Lennon will make changes for the trip to Rugby Park but warned his players that anyone holding themselves back for Barcelona will be in trouble.

"I will not make wholesale changes but Commons, (Anthony) Stokes, (Georgios) Samaras, (Emilio) Izaguirre will come back into contention," he said. "But if anyone has an eye on Tuesday going into the game tomorrow and it manifests itself on the pitch, then they won't play (against Barca)."

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