Celtic want to see more of Commons goal touch
Celtic 2 Hamilton Academical 0: Johan Mjallby hailed Kris Commons after his double sunk Hamilton but still wants more from the Celtic midfielder.
The Parkhead assistant manager took over media duties from boss Neil Lennon who started a four-match touchline ban and who had been given 24-hour security at his home after a suspicious package addressed to him was intercepted.
It was an unsavoury build-up to a match that was going nowhere until four minutes from the interval when Commons sent a wonderful volley from 25 yards past Hamilton keeper Tomas Cerny.
Just after the break Accies defender David Elebert put the ball on a plate for Commons (below) to take his Celtic tally to five in eight games since signing from Derby near the end of January.
“He is a great signing,” said Mjallby. “He is an important player for us and it is not only his goals. He can strike the ball well, he is very good to have when it comes to set pieces.
“Hopefully this run is going to continue with him chipping in with goals and hopefully he will keep fit and improve.”
With 20 goals in total so far for this season, Commons has set himself a target of 25. “I have 13 or 14 for Derby, a couple for Scotland and a few here,” he said. “It is going well for me.
“Everything I hit seems to be hitting the back of the net and long may it continue. “I am looking to hit maybe 25 before the end of the season.
“I have played in three games against Rangers and a semi-final and the games I have been involved in are top drawer. It is good to play in a winning side, scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, which the clubs I have played for have struggled to do.
“I don't think our keeper had a shot to save against Accies.”
Before the game a statue in memory of Jock Stein was unveiled outside the main entrance to the stadium but the football on show was not a fitting tribute to the legendary Celtic boss.
Mjallby admitted the first half in particular had been poor.
“We didn't press that well and the ball bobbled around the pitch,” he said. “Our passing wasn't really up to scratch and we were a bit sloppy. Sometimes you think the players should cope with it better but they put a lot of effort in to Wednesday's game against Rangers and you have to give Hamilton credit.
“It is hard to break teams down when they have a lot of players behind the ball. Maybe we didn't test their keeper as much as we should have done in the first half but when we got the second goal we kept the ball well.”
Although bottom side Accies' defeat was almost inevitable, it was yet another lost opportunity in their relegation battle.