Commons relishing Europa test
Celtic ace Kris Commons is relishing the prospect of featuring in the Europa League this season
Last Updated: 07/08/11 10:56pm
Celtic ace Kris Commons is relishing the prospect of featuring in the UEFA Europa League this season.
The Scotland midfielder, who is in the national squad to face Denmark in Wednesday's friendly at Hampden Park, will experience European football at club level for the first time when the Hoops take on Swiss side Sion in their Europa League play-off later this month.
Commons, who joined Celtic from Derby in January, cannot wait to try and help the Hoops progress as far as possible in the competition.
He said: "Every aspect of joining Celtic ticked every single box.
"When you join a club like Celtic you are challenging for every cup and every league that you are involved in but Europe is a massive plus for me.
"Since joining I have looked forward to being involved in Europe and it is always nice to play against the bigger clubs in Europe and I'm striving to do that this year.
"I want to try to do well and make a name for myself there."
Celtic lost their UEFA Champions League qualifier to SC Braga from Portugal last season after failing to recover from a 3-0 defeat in the first leg.
There was more woe in the Europa League qualifiers when they exited to Dutch side Utrecht 4-2 on aggregate after winning 2-0 at home.
Commons believes the memory of those defeats will provide an extra spur to the players involved.
"There will be lads there wanting to rectify what happened last year," he said.
"They felt if they had done a better job way from home then they would have had half a chance.
"Certainly we will be looking to improve our away form and we are good value to give anyone a game at home.
"It is going to be very tough for us and there are going to be a lot of games but when we play really well as a group we are a good side.
"When you play in Europe you need 11 players to be at the top of their game and if we do that then we will progress quite far."