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Celtic want the double: Kris Commons

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons felt the 7-0 thrashing of Hearts in the William Hill Scottish Cup was the right response after crashing out of the Champions League in midweek.

Commons hit a hat-trick in the emphatic win at Tynecastle and set his sights on retaining the Cup as part of a double with the league title.

Commons said: "It was good to come back with a response after the disappointment of getting knocked out of the Champions League. It's onwards and upwards now and hopefully we can retain this cup.

"There is pressure on Celtic every time we play, we are expected to win and we are expected to win well. I think when we put our minds to it we are a match for anyone, not just in Scotland," Commons admitted.

Celtic captain Scott Brown also scored twice and praised his team-mates, with Joe Ledley and Mikael Lustig getting the other goals.

"The first half was probably as well as we have played all season," said Brown.

Following a 3-0 defeat to AC Milan at Parkhead on Tuesday, Celtic were left without even the consolation of a place in the Europa League. A defiant Brown said of his side's response: "It was huge but we had faith in ourselves."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon praised his side for the way they approached the game following their Champions League exit.

"That's the best performance I've had in my time as manager," he said.

"You always look for more but in terms of Utopia that's as good as it gets. It was everything I could have asked for.

"I wanted a reaction from Tuesday night. There is no shame in going out of the Champions League, we were competing at the highest level. They've put a marker down now for the rest of the season."

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