Nani comments on Celtic's 'special atmosphere' ahead of crucial Europa League clash

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Former Manchester United ace Nani says Celtic fans are 'incredible'.

Fenebahce star Nani has told The Scottish Sun that he knows all about Celtic's 'special atmosphere' ahead of the meeting between the two clubs on Thursday.

Portuguese international Nani, 28, made his name with Manchester United having hit 40 goals in 230 games for the Red Devils, but left Old Trafford on a permanent basis this summer in order to move to Turkey with Fenerbahce.

Alongside his former United team-mate Robin van Persie, Nani has already hit four goals in ten games for Fenerbahce, and will be looking to help defeat Celtic on Thursday.

The two teams meet in the Europa League at Celtic Park this week, with both sides needing a win. Celtic opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw away at Ajax, whilst Fenerbahce lost 3-1 at home to Norwegian outfit Molde.

The pressure is already on manager Vitor Pereira to deliver a positive result, but the Celtic fans will be hopeful of another famous European night, with Bhoys fans ready to create another sensational atmosphere at Celtic Park.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun ahead of the game, winger Nani says that he knows all about Celtic's 'special atmosphere' having played there for United - but having played in Turkey, he claims that no atmosphere will intimidate him or the rest of the Fenerbahce squad.

"I played at Celtic before in the Champions League, so I know all about their special atmosphere," said Nani. "Their fans are incredible with the noise they make, but so are ours. I can understand how that sort of atmosphere can be intimidating. But once you have played in Turkey nothing much intimidates you — so the Celtic supporters wont intimidate us," he added.

It may not be the Champions League for Celtic, like many fans want, but this is a huge clash for the Bhoys. Fenerbahce can call upon the likes of Nani, Van Persie, Lazar Markovic and Raul Meireles, giving this Europa League tie a strong Champions League feel.

Both teams need a win, and with the backing from that famous home crowd, Celtic and manager Ronny Deila will be hoping to defeat the Turkish giants on Thursday night.

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