Motherwell hero Keith Lasley was used to European nights under the Fir Park lights – now Allan Campbell wants to create his own memories under the guidance of the former Well skipper.
The Steelmen return to Europe for the first time since 2014 this evening as Northern Irish side Glentoran are welcomed to Fir Park. They will face off for a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
Well assistant Lasley is well accustomed to European fixtures in claret and amber, having featured in every Well campaign in the UEFA Cup and Europa League since 2008.
The former midfielder is a big influence on Campbell as a young battler in the middle of the park. He knows Lasley is always there for him as the Scotland U21 international looks ahead to the Glentoran meeting.
“As a local lad playing for Motherwell in Europe, it’s brilliant,” said Campbell. “As a young boy you’re always wanting to play at the top level, so I just want to try and perform, make sure I do well, get a buzz about the place and try to get a result.
“It’s a massive occasion for everybody at the club. European games, everybody strives for that when you’re younger. The boys are still confident in there, we’re playing good football, we just need to be more ruthless in both boxes.
“It would be amazing if the fans were there to experience it but we have a duty as players to put a performance in for the fans at home so they have something to cheer about. If you don’t perform, you’ll get punished.
“There haven’t been too many words of encouragement but Lasley is always there when you need him. If I have any questions, Las is always there and having that experience around the place is good.
“Lasley had a great career and he’s been great with me coming through. He’s helped me a lot in training, helped me trying to improve. I can only thank him for that. Las has been brilliant and he’s had this experience. I just need to put a performance in to get even more experience in Europe.”