JOHN STONES, Manchester City’s £48million centre-half, revealed he is excited at the prospect of facing Celtic at a sell-out 60,000-capacity Parkhead.
The 22-year-old defender, who joined from Everton in the summer, is aware massive European names such as Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United have toppled in the east end of Glasgow.
He said: “I’m excited by it, the Champions League is a big occasion and it’ll be a great ground to play at for me personally. Celtic is a big club and it’ll be a great occasion for everyone.

“I’ve watched games at Parkhead on TV before. I watch as much football as I can, so I’ve seen the big games in Scotland and I’ve seen how Celtic play and I’m looking forward to it.

“The Champions League is always special and I’m sure it’ll be great for all the boys.”

England international Stones added: “I’ve not watched the game against Barcelona yet. We know what goes on in the group and keep an eye on it.

“But every game is different. You’ve got to show your opposition respect. Anything can happen. That’s football. They went away to Barcelona and got beaten.

“We’re looking to go up there and win and carry on our run from the group stage and the English Premier League.

“Celtic have obviously got quality. That’s why they’re in the Champions League. The teams that are in it deserve to be in it and we’ve worked hard to get in it.

“It’s one that we will be fully up for. I’m sure they will be, as well. It’s going to be exciting for everyone.”

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