KRIS COMMONS, who was substituted at half time in today’s comfortable Scottish Cup win at Dens Park,  is backing new Bhoys Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven to make a massive impact at Celtic.

The talented double-act arrived from Dundee United in a £2million swoop on deadline day – 72 hours before Commons agreed a new two-year deal at the Hoops.
And the 31-year-old was swift to hail Ronny Deila’s exciting recruits.
He said: “They are young, technically good players who are fit and looking forward to the challenge.

“They are players who know what Celtic are about. They have come in and they’re ready to try and start winning major trophies.

“When new players come in, you have to raise your game. If you’re not playing quite at the standard the manager wants, then you might not get a chance for another 10 or 11 games.

“At a club like Celtic you want to be playing week in, week out in big games, in big stadiums and with the Inter Milan Europa League ties coming up everyone will be itching to play in those matches, too.

“When a new player comes in, whether it’s in your position or that of a team-mate, you want to make them as welcome as possible and try to make them feel as if they have been here for years so they can go and express themselves and improve the team as a whole.

“With regards to what’s in my head, I just have to keep playing well.

“If you’re not playing well, then I don’t care where you are – you shouldn’t be playing.”

Commons reckons it takes much more than just desire to win the trio of trophies on offer in Scotland.

He said: “It’s very difficult. I’ve been here and played in some very good teams and I’ve had the conversation with the manager because it’s very difficult to win the treble.

“There are only three times in Celtic’s history that we’ve ever done it. You have to have a lot of luck and make sure you’re playing well in every single game you play.

“There are also teams out there that will fancy their chances against us if we don’t play our ‘A’ game and we’re not quite at the races.

“This season, we’ve shown we can be beaten, so it’s very difficult to maintain high standards.

“We’ve got big games coming up that will probably take attention away from other games, but the one thing I’ve learned from the last four years at Celtic is that you have to concentrate 100 per cent on every game.

“You just can’t afford to focus just on the glory games.”

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