Fenerbahce star Simon Kjaer says he is not scared of Celtic fans

Celtic Parkhead

The Dane is instead looking forward to playing at Celtic Park.

This evening will see Celtic in Europa League action once again as they take on Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in Glasgow.

The game is considered a massive one because of the difficulty in the Scottish side’s group which also contains Ajax and Norwegian side Molde – who shocked Fener at home in the opening round of matches.

It is also being heavily hyped because of the vociferous fanbase for both teams, which should make for a stunning atmosphere in Glasgow this evening.

One man however who is not letting that get to him is Danish defender Simon Kjaer. Wanted by many a Premier League manager this summer he swapped French side Lille for Istanbul instead.

Speaking to Goal the defender made it clear that he had no qualms about playing in front of a passionate Parkhead this evening, instead insisting it would drive him on:

"The famous support from Celtic’s fans is always an influence, and actually I am really looking forward to facing the fans and this big club with such a proud history and great traditions.

"I have heard a lot of good things about the Celtic crowd, and even though they will be against me and my team, I will try to enjoy it.

"I love football and I thrive on passion from the fans - whether it is our fans or the opposition.

"It will be a special experience.”

Celtic are of course looking for their first win in the competition. They drew their opening tie with Ajax in Amsterdam – despite holding a lead for much of the match.

They will have to hope that Kjaer and co are in poor nick or perhaps some of his team-mates are not welcoming to the Celtic faithful as he is.

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