Commons pleased with his form

  • Last Updated: April 7 2013, 14:41 BST

Kris Commons continued his fine form this season with a double in Celtic's 3-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Hibernian at Parkhead on Saturday.

Kris Commons: Scored twice against Hibs on Saturday
Kris Commons: Scored twice against Hibs on Saturday

The Hoops midfielder hit the ground running when he signed from Derby in January 2011, notching 14 goals by the end of the campaign in only 21 appearances.

Kris Commons

15. Kris Commons

Title Number
Appearances 5 (0)
Goals 2
Assists 1
Yellows 0
Reds 0
*Current Season

However, last season was a struggle for the 29-year-old and he scored only once - in a 3-0 win over Rangers - and lost his place in the Scotland squad.

However, a rejuvenated Commons is back in the international fold and his two goals against Hibs - with Mikael Lustig getting the other with what looked like the help of his arm - took his tally for the season to 16, a figure which he says will spur him onto reaching 20 before the end of the season.

The former Nottingham Forest and Derby player said: "Last season wasn't anything to rave about was it? So it is nice to get back to scoring.

"Getting goals is a big part of my game as is creating goals and when you are not quite at the races and not scoring or creating you do take criticism so for me to score goals and create and play a part in winning a championship and hopefully a double, would be a bonus."

Despite Commons' best efforts against a limited Leith side, Celtic came up short in their bid to clinch the title after Motherwell scored a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw against St Mirren at Fir Park.

Neil Lennon's men are 15 points clear of the Steelmen with five games remaining and the SPL's post-split fixtures will be announced on Monday.

Celtic will play Dundee United in next week's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden before they return to league duty.Commons, who revealed he had taken pain killers for an ankle problem which threatened to keep him out, said: "Hopefully we can get the job done in a couple of weeks.

"We will find out on Monday who we play in our next game and yes, try to get it wrapped up then.

"It was a good game and I enjoyed it. Obviously it was nice for us to get plenty goals and a clean sheet was positive and we are in a good frame of mind going in to the weekend's game."

It was a comfortable win for Celtic who were untroubled for most of the afternoon against a Hibs side who now have to lift themselves for next week's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Irn-Bru First Division side Falkirk.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon conceded that top scorer Leigh Griffiths cut a lonely figure in attack for too long in the game.

"We didn't get enough players up to him, we didn't cause them any problems," said the Irishman.

"We tried to get David Wotherspoon and Alex Harris up to him as often as we could but we didn't keep the ball long enough to do that

"There has to be more desire, not just in stopping goals but to be brave on the ball when we go to Celtic."

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