Sunday 18 March 2018

Double hit puts Commons back in good books

Celtic 5-0 Dundee Utd

Celtics Scott Brown (left) celebrates his side's fifth goal of the game
Celtics Scott Brown (left) celebrates his side's fifth goal of the game
Leigh Griffiths (L) puts away Celtic's first goal
Dundee United's John Rankin (left) battles Dedryck Boyata for control of the ball
Celtic's Kris Commons tries to evade a John Rankin tackle Newsdesk

The switchback ride of football fortune was demonstrated at Parkhead as Celtic bounced back from midweek European failure to crush Dundee United and move four points ahead of Aberdeen, who last month were five points clear of the defending champions.

Kris Commons, a reprobate on Thursday, was yesterday's hero with two goals, one from the penalty spot.

Leigh Griffiths and Dedryck Boyata were also on target before a late deflected strike from skipper Scott Brown completed the rout, with United manager Mixu Paatelainen, the Dundee United manager afterwards describing his team's contribution as "absolute rubbish".

Commons, who issued a public apology for throwing a tantrum after being substituted in Norway, gave manager Ronny Deila a hug after being replaced by Tomas Rogic and the Norwegian responded in a light-hearted way.

"I like hugs so that's a positive," he said. "He scored one really good goal and he's brilliant at penalties so I'm happy for him and for the whole team.

"I'm very happy and pleased with the performance today. You need character to do what we did and they really showed it."

Afterwards, it emerged that Celtic are exploring the possibility of taking a franchise in the North American Soccer League, following Manchester City's Major League Soccer link-up with New York City FC.

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