Saturday 19 January 2019

Commons keen to retain form

Celtic ace eyes more goals after heroics for club and country

Kris Commons insists his goal against Northern Ireland on Wednesday night topped up his confidence levels ahead of Celtic's Scottish Premier League trip to Dundee United.

The former Derby man was on top form against the Northerners and sealed the win for Craig Levein's side with his third goal in four games since he moved to Parkhead last month.

After scoring on his debut against Aberdeen in the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final at Hampden, Commons hit the net in the 2-2 draw against Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup fifth round last week.

The former Nottingham Forest player, 27, admits his strike in the Nations' Cup game at the Aviva Stadium has him looking forward to Tannadice.

"Things could not have gone any better since I came to Celtic," he said.

"It's been fantastic. I can't praise the lads any more than I have done.

"They have welcomed me in with open arms and settled me down, and I feel as if I have been here for a long time.

"I didn't have a great deal of time to settle in. I had my medical and before I knew it I was starting a game, and it could not have gone any better because I scored my first goal. Scoring last weekend and getting the goal for Scotland keeps that momentum going and it keeps me confident I can keep scoring."

Despite his confidence being sky high, Commons believes there is a need to guard against the feelgood factor surrounding Celtic boiling over into an arrogance that could possibly scupper the possibility of a treble.

The Scottish Cup replay against Rangers is scheduled for March 2 but, before that, the Light Blues visit Parkhead on SPL duty, while the Co-operative Insurance Cup final between the two Glasgow giants takes place at Hampden next month.

"The games against Rangers will be tough games," Commons said.

"You can't go in there with an arrogance or be too confident because they are a dangerous side and they showed that at the weekend.

"But the fact that we did so well in the second half with 10 men has put in people's minds the idea that we have the ascendancy.

"We are fully aware we are capable of winning the treble but we have to approach every game in the manner that we do at the minute, and that is give 110 per cent, work hard and then hopefully our football will come through."

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