Raul Meireles unfazed by the prospect of intimidation at Celtic Park

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The Hoops face-off against the Turkish side in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Fenerbahce midfielder Raul Meireles has insisted, in the Daily Record, that Celtic Park will hold no fear for him and his teammates after their experiences in Turkey.

The atmosphere at Parkhead is renowned as being one of the best in football – particularly on European nights – but the hostile element in Turkish crowds creates an altogether more sinister feel.

Meireles – who joined Fenerbahce from Chelsea in 2012 – has experience of derby clashes with the likes of Galatasaray and Besiktas, and claims atmosphere’s elsewhere in Europe are not of the same intensity.

“I know Celtic is a big stadium and I know their atmosphere is well known, but if they think they can intimidate a Turkish team? All I can say is good luck,” he told the Daily Record.

“I have played in some big games in Portugal and England, but there is nothing like playing in Turkey. I think on the return game, they will find out what intimidating means.”

For all of the talk of intimidation and atmospheres, it’s what happens on the pitch that matters, and Celtic will have to be at their dynamic best to get maximum points against Meireles and co.

The likes of Nani, Robin van Persie and Lazar Markovic have added star quality to an already impressive bunch, and the Hoops will need to ensure that the tactical naivety which has cost them so dearly in Europe in the past doesn’t make an appearance in midweek.

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