Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has told the Glasgow Evening Times he’ll be relying on some advice from former manager Neil Lennon as his team prepare to play in the Europa League game against Inter Milan.
The Bhoys put on a gutsy performance during the first leg to fight back and secure a 3-3 draw, which gives them a chance of progressing to the next round when the sides meet later today.
For Celtic to get through, they’re going to need defensive discipline and Commons has explained where the old boss has asked his team to stay alert to potential threats, during European games in previous seasons.
“The one thing that Neil drilled into us is that you can't afford to ball watch. If you do that you lose your men and you end up conceding goals,” said Commons.
It’s a piece of advice which current manager Ronny Deila is likely to stress and Commons needs to show the benefits of his experience having played in high pressure situations in Europe before.
Inter Milan are likely to have a lot of possession later, which increases the need for Celtic to stay disciplined.
If anyone takes their eye off of their man, there is enough creativity and movement in the current Inter Milan side for them to take advantage of that.
It also applies to set pieces, where Celtic need to be tight man for man, to prevent any Inter player from getting the space to put away a header or half chance.
Celtic need to score just once to get over the line and into the next round but the defence has to be faultless in the process.