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Celtic star Commons targeting rapid-fire start to Benfica match

Kris Commons feels a manic beginning to tonight's Champions League opener will put Celtic's opponents on the back foot.

The Bhoys host Portuguese club Benfica in their first European top flight match in four years and star midfielder Commons is hoping that a quick start can unbalance their more-fancied rivals.

"I always like it at 100 miles per hour from the first whistle," said Commons. "That's just me.

"When the players come out to the music and everyone is at that peak, the fans are itching for you to get that early goal and that's how I like it to be.

"I like to let the other team know they are in for a game in the first 10, 15 minutes.

"I like them to know this is the maximum noise, this is how we play, this is how we are going to pressure you or this is how we are going to settle, and let them know that they are not in for an easy night and see where the game takes us.

"Certainly we can't have 100 miles per hour for 90 minutes, or we wouldn't last.

"But we are looking to stamp our authority on the game early doors, there is nothing like playing at home in the first game to try to give yourself the chance to get points."

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Andrew Slevison
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