Leicester's Marc Albrighton explains why he's so excited for Celtic friendly

General view of Celtic Park

The Premier League winners will meet the Scottish Premiership side later this month.

Marc Albrighton celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Leicester CityMarc Albrighton

Leicester City midfielder Marc Albrighton has admitted that he cannot wait for the club's friendly with Celtic as it will provide him with the opportunity to play at Parkhead for the first time, The Scottish Sun reports.

The two sides will compete as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup - a pre-season tournament also involving the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - and will meet each other later this month.

General view of Celtic Park

And while Claudio Ranieri will be expecting his side to show glimpses of the kind of quality you would expect from the Premier League champions rather than a complete performance, Albrighton has suggested that the prospect of playing at such a historic ground should give the Foxes extra motivation to win.

"Obviously at Celtic Park the traditions of that stadium are fantastic they've had some unbelievable nights there in Europe so for me who hasn't played there I'm really looking forward to being able to tick that ground off and to say I've played at such an amazing stadium," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Obviously it's a pre-season friendly but everyone wants to win football games and you wouldn't be a professional footballer if you didn't want to win.

"So it will be tasty, it'll be a good game and hopefully we can get a few fans to turn out."

General view inside Celtic Park

Although it is just a friendly - albeit in a competition that involves some of Europe's best - Ranieri will be aware that his side will be playing in several grounds similar to Parkhead next season following their qualification to the group stages of the Champions League, and thus, he will want the players to take as much of the atmosphere in as possible.

At its best, Celtic Park can produce one of the most incredible atmospheres of any ground in Europe and the Leicester boss will want his squad to use the experience to help them prepare for what is to come this season as it may strengthen their chances of causing more upsets, this time on the continental stage. 

Leicester City manager Claudio RanieriLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

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