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ON-LOAN COMMONS ALSO CELEBRATES

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THE Celtic contingent at Ibrox yesterday weren’t the only Hoops players to be celebrating a happy Hogmanay – Kris Commons got in on the act, too.

The on-loan Hoops midfielder struck his first goal for Hibs as Neil Lennon’s side stormed back to the top of the Championship table with a 2-1 victory over Falkirk . 

Commons clinched victory with a stunning late free-kick as the Easter Road men came from behind to clinch all three points.

Jason Cummings had cancelled out Craig Sibbald’s opener for the Bairns, but the Parkhead fans’ favourite claimed the winner with his first goal since January.

Commons, in fact, should have scored in the 13th minute, but fired over the bar from close range after being set up by Grant Holt.

And two minutes later, the Bairns took the lead. Youngster Scott Shepherd got on the end of a cross from Aaron Muirhead and was denied by the post, before Sibbald scooped the ball into the net at the second attempt.

But fewer than 90 seconds later Hibs were level when an unmarked Cummings guided the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the box after Commons picked him out.

In the fading moments, a foul on Martin Boyle inside the D opened the door for Commons to blast a free-kick through the wall and into the roof of the net to spark wild celebrations among the travelling support and send his side back to the top of the Championship.

The former Scotland international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is due to return to Celtic later this month.

 
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