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Celtic ace Aleksandar Tonev in race storm after alleged remark to Aberdeen's Shay Logan

Celtic 2 - Aberdeen 1

By Ronnie Esplin

Aberdeen have reported Celtic's Aleksandar Tonev for allegedly racially abusing Shay Logan during their Premiership clash at Parkhead on Saturday.

It is understood that the Dons defender immediately reported the alleged second-half incident to referee Bobby Madden and skipper Mark Reynolds before informing manager Derek McInnes.

Fourth official Crawford Allan and Celtic were also made aware of the allegation by the Dons management team.

The Scottish FA is awaiting the referee's report, which should arrive today.

A Celtic spokesperson said: "We have spoken to the player and he has stated that the accusation made is not true."

Bulgarian Tonev, 24, was making his belated Celtic debut after arriving at Parkhead this summer on a one-year loan deal from Aston Villa after a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Ronny Deila watched Kris Commons produce his best stuff for Celtic this season in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen but is looking for even more from the "special" attacking midfielder.

Commons was the top scorer in Scotland last season with 32 goals, winning both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' player of the year awards, but has struggled in this campaign under the Norwegian.

It was from Commons' corner in the seventh minute that defender Jason Denayer gave the home side the lead.

Commons' second-half drive was deflected past Pittodrie keeper Jamie Langfield by Logan before David Goodwillie pulled a goal back.

"The first 60 minutes was the best I have seen of Kris this season," said Deila, who revealed talks about a new contract for Commons, in his last year of his present deal, are "going on".

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