Tuesday 16 January 2018

Lennon praises 'sensational' Commons after Hoops run riot

Motherwell 0 Celtic 5

Bahrudin Atajic got off the mark for Celtic as Neil Lennon's side made it 12 goals in two matches since their European exit with a convincing Scottish Premiership win at Fir Park.

Celtic dominated throughout against a Motherwell side who failed to lift a sparse home support following their shock Scottish Cup defeat by Albion Rovers, as the visitors followed their 7-0 win at Hearts with a 5-0 triumph.

Kris Commons opened the scoring two minutes before half-time with a backheel and netted a rebound after Efe Ambrose had headed the second. Anthony Stokes and Atajic completed the rout to send Celtic into their final Champions League game of the season in Barcelona on Tuesday on a high.

Manager Neil Lennon branded Commons sensational after his brace.

"There's more to come from him in terms of his general play, but as a goalscorer and value for money, he's been one of my best signings," Lennon said. "He's one of the best we've had a the club for a long time – a sensational player."

Discussing his team's one-sided win that leaves the Hoops eight points clear of Inverness at the summit, Lennon added: "I'm delighted. The quality of football was a very high level. Some of the players have really hit top form.

"We started the game very well, second half I thought we were fantastic. We were a little bit wayward in front of goal for my liking, I'd have liked to have seen the game finished off a lot earlier, but we played very well."

Man of the match Commons, meanwhile, delivered a nice touch of understatement when he conceded Celtic were in "a bit of a ruthless mood" at present, but was keen to heap praise on team-mate Ambrose, who scored on the same day his wife gave birth to a baby daughter.

"For me it was a special day," said Ambrose. "God blessed me with a child and before the game I said I was going to get a goal for her."

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport