Wednesday 16 January 2019

Delia wants even more from Kris

Ronny Deila watched Kris Commons produce his best stuff for Celtic this season in Saturday's 2-1 Premiership win over Aberdeen at Parkhead but is looking for even more from the "special" attacking midfielder.

Commons was the top scorer in Scotland last season with 32 goals, winning both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' player of the year awards, but has struggled in this campaign under the Norwegian, who took over from Neil Lennon in the summer.

However, normal service looked to be resumed against the Dons.

It was from Commons' corner in the seventh minute that defender Jason Denayer gave the home side the lead, albeit he knew little about it when Efe Ambrose's shot cannoned off him and into the net a yard from goal.

The former Nottingham Forest and Derby player enjoyed some good fortune of his own just seconds into the second-half when his drive was deflected past Pittodrie keeper Jamie Langfield by Shaleum Logan before David Goodwillie pulled a goal back for the visitors.

"The first 60 minutes was the best I have seen of Kris this season," said Deila, who revealed talks about a new contract for Commons, in his last year of his present deal, are "going on".

"He's working hard and is good in training .

"I think there is even more to go, (he can) get his fitness even better but he's a special player."

Swedish striker John Guidetti, signed on loan from Manchester City, replaced another debutant, Stefan Scepovic, after an hour but he saw enough in Commons to predict a "great partnership".

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