Commons relishing Inter test

  • Last Updated: July 12 2012, 16:26 BST

Kris Commons has highlighted Celtic's pre-season clash with Inter Milan as the perfect preparation for their Champions League campaign.

Commons: Looking forward to Inter Milan test

The Hoops enter Europe's premier club competition at the third qualifying stage after winning the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last season and both manager Neil Lennon and captain Scott Brown have already targeted reaching the group stages.

Kris Commons

15. Kris Commons

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The Parkhead side also face eye-catching friendlies against Ajax and Real Madrid but it is the match against Inter that Commons believes will help them with their European campaign.

"I think the way we're preparing for the season and the Champions League qualifiers, our mentality will be to look for the win," he told celticfc.net.

"It will be good to play against an Italian team as well, to get a sense of their culture and an idea of what tactics they use. It will be a tough test but it should be a good occasion.

"Hopefully there will be a good crowd there to make it feel a bit like a European night, it will be like a warm-up for the Champions League qualifier in a way.

Commons, 28, has yet to taste Champions League football and is now looking forward to the match against Inter, arranged as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations and a re-match of the 1967 European Cup final - won 2-1 by Celtic's 'Lisbon Lions'.

He said: "I wasn't aware of the Lisbon connection until recently but now I know the Lisbon Lions will be there to see the game and why.

"That will be great for them, it was such a massive part of our history and I think for John Clark and his team-mates to see them come to Celtic Park for the game it will be really nice.

"The Celtic fans usually turn up anyway, especially when a big team is in town, and it's something the players are looking forward to as well. We're always looking to play opposition who are potentially Champions League winners."