CELTIC star Kris Commons has heaped praise on team-mates Nir Bitton and Craig Gordon.
The midfielder believes the Hoops double-act deserve recognition and insists comeback keeper Gordon should be named the SPFL Player of the Year.
Commons cannot vote for a colleague and has chosen Aberdeen’s prolific striker Adam Rooney as his main man, but reckons the way Gordon has fought back from two years in the wilderness makes him favourite to win the top award.
The 31-year-old former Scotland international admitted: “I think Nir Bitton has been incredible this year. Last season he was a fringe player, but he’s gone up a notch now. Look at Craig Gordon, he was on the sofa watching TV every week and now he and Nir have played at the San Siro.
“These are exceptional standards they have raised in very little time. Craig set high standards in the league, and some of the saves in Europe have been amazing. That emphasised just how important a top keeper is at that level.”
Gordon, at 32, was not content to become a bit-part player as he set about making the Hoops fans forget all about former favourite Fraser Forster. Now he is poised to make hiss 44th appearance against Partick Thistle tonight.
Bitton has featured in 34 matches and has been a stand-out stand-in as a replacement for long-term injury victim Charlie Mulgrew in midfield during a crucial stage of the campaign.
Commons believes both deserve the accolades that will come their way when the awards are being handed out at the end of the season.
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