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Commons wants Rangers in League Cup semi

KRIS COMMONS would love a crack at Rangers in the semi-final of the League Cup.

The in-form midfielder may or may not have scored a hat-trick last night - Celtic's first goal came via a big deflection off Liam Craig from a Commons shot - but a semi-final place for Neil Lennon's side was never in doubt as they hammered St Johnstone 5-0.

After losing 2-0 to Kilmarnock on Saturday Commons described the performance as playing like lost boys but a meeting with Rangers in January won't require too much introductions.

The newly-formed Ibrox club host Inverness Caley Thistle tonight for a semi-final slot knowing that a win could set up the first Glasgow derby since May.

Celtic fans are generally split on whether they want to meet Rangers but the view from the dressing room was clear cut when Commons was asked about the possibility last night.

"They are great for Glasgow, great for Scotland," he admitted. "I love playing in them, for me it would be magic.

"There's nothing like playing in a Glasgow derby, they bring that added spice, we're obviously dealing without them, but as far as derbies and big games go, they don't get much bigger.

"There's a certain requirement when we play, not just for ourselves, but for the fans and the club."

Commons added: "We can't play like we did in the Camp Nou and then put on a performance like we did at the weekend, we knew we let a lot of people down.

"We're going to drop points, there's going to be days we don't quite hit the back of the net, but there's a way and manner you need to go out an lose the game. You need to show you want to win, you put in a shift."

Charlie Mulgrew and Gary Hooper joined Commons on the scoresheet last night with the former Derby County midfielder officially credited with a hat-trick even though he was hesitant about whether his shot at the opening goal was net bound.

St Mirren beat Aberdeen on penalties last night to join Neil Lennon's side in the semi-final draw which takes place on Thursday November 8.