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COMMONS ON THE SPOT

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KRIS COMMONS will be put on the spot if Celtic are awarded a penalty-kick against Dundee United tomorrow night.LCF_CELTIC_DUTD_0803
The midfielder will resume the responsibility after Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest both missed in the last two games against the Tannadice outfit, the 1-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final stalemate and the 2-0 League Cup win.
Assuming Commons, gets the nod to play in the replay, he will be in charge of penalty-taking duties.
There was the crazy situation of Forrest and John Guidetti struggling to get the ball to take the award against Jackie McNamara’s side at Hampden.
That won’t happen tomorrow evening and Commons said: “If I had been on, I would have taken it.
“Leigh missed one the previous week. Anthony Stokes has also missed one recently and then we missed one on Sunday.

“But it is not a nice sight to see when you have two guys in the same team who are arguing about who is going to take it.

“It doesn’t leave the kicker in a good frame of mind to go and take it – and then you see that James goes up and he’ll know that he could have done better with his penalty.

“That kind of squabbling definitely affects the team. It isn’t good.

“I’ll be taking any that we get, so long as I am on the park.”

Commons added: “It has been a long time since the club has won a Treble so it shows you just how rare an achievement that it is. You need to be so consistent.

“If you go through the Celtic team that won the Treble under Martin O’Neill the budget would have been significant.

“Guys like John Hartson, Chris Sutton, Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon were all big players in the Premiership before coming to Celtic, yet the club were able to go out and get them.

“There isn’t the same chance to do that now.

“We are in a different period, but I do think that we are a younger team then they were, we are fitter, we are fresher, but we would love to put ourselves into that bracket.

“To achieve what they did would be amazing.

“Those guys are legends at the club. They are still revered by the Celtic supporters because of what they achieved so for us to go out and win a Treble and follow in their footsteps would be something special.

“It is there for us. We can do it, but I think we need to be wary of thinking that we are closing in it because there is still an awful lot of football to be played.

“To be honest, it has been a real rollercoaster of a season for me.
“There has been ups and downs both personally and as a team. We were gutted when we failed to make the group stages of the Champions League.

“It was a real disappointment because we all know how special those nights are and the fall-out from that meant our league form was then very erratic.

“Personally, I was in and out of the team, I had all the contract stuff going on, but I feel really settled, I am enjoying the challenge here and as a team you can see how much we have improved.

“We have just won the League Cup without conceding a goal and the confidence within the team is high.

“Defensively, we have improved, in terms of attack we are always going to be a threat, but it was important that we tried to get our act together at the back and we have gone some way to doing that.”

 
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