Commons: Make sure our Lux in

KRIS COMMONS today issued a stark warning to Scotland over tonight's friendly clash with Luxenbourg: Beware the banana skin.

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Commons is cautious of Luxembourg threat
Commons is cautious of Luxembourg threat

The Celtic midfielder wants to play his part in getting the managerless national side back on the road to recovery with a victory against one of the minnows of world football.

But the 29-year-old has been around long enough to recognise the damage which could be inflicted if the Scots buckle again.

And with interim boss Billy Stark beset by a host of call-offs, alarm bells are already sounding. Commons is aware all eyes will be on the Scots after falling to 70th place in the world on the back of defeats to Wales and Belgium which cost Craig Levein his job.

And, when asked if the banana skin analogy is apt, Commons said: "Yes, definitely.

"We've not got a full squad. There have been numerous call offs, and certain players have been rested for the trip.

"So, I think it is just about trying to enjoy the game, trying to look at it as if there is not a lot of pressure.

"We are in a bit of a transitional period trying to get someone in as manager, and we have got a weakened squad. So look at it perhaps as giving youngsters and new players coming in the opportunity to play at this level."

Commons knows more screaming headlines await if they do to fall to the team from the grand duchy.

"We are expected to win, and I think we have more than enough quality to go out and put in a good performance," he said.

"But there are a lot of things on some peoples' minds. Will a potential ne manager be watching the game?

"There are players coming in who want to make an impact so that they are in the mind of the next manager."

Meanwhile, Christophe Berra is targeting a victory over Luxembourg to help lift the doom and gloom after Levein's exit.

Berra doesn't want the negative feelings to linger beyond kick-off time in the Stade Josy Barthel. The Wolves star said: "As soon as we get out on the pitch we'll just be looking to get a good win."

Nine players withdrew injured from a squad that was already missing experienced players such as Gary Caldwell, Allan McGregor and Scott Brown, who were rested by Stark.

Despite the shortage of experience, the Scots will be expected to beat a team who recently took a World Cup qualifying point off Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Berra said: "You look at their past results and Portugal only beat them 2-1 over there.

"So we need give 100% and if we do, then hopefully our quality will come through. I think everyone knows there are no easy games in international football."


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