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Celtic's Kris Commons is up for Euro battle after win over Dundee

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Kris Commons is confident that Celtic will be "more than ready" for the visit of Salzburg on Thursday night despite the Hoops' unconvincing 2-1 home win over Dundee on Saturday.

The 31-year-old returned to action for the first time in seven weeks following a buttock injury but was part of a performance described as "poor" by manager Ronny Deila, even though his side retained their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Both teams had chances to score before forward Anthony Stokes broke the deadlock with a header seconds before the interval and when Manchester City's loan striker John Guidetti drove in his 10th goal of the season in the 54th minute it looked like the home side might be able to use the rest of the match to fine-tune themselves for the Europa League clash against the Austrian outfit.

However, Dees striker David Clarkson struck four minutes later to set a club record of scoring a goal in each of his first seven games and ensure an uncomfortable finish to the match for Celtic.

The Parkhead men will qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League with a win over the Group D leaders and Commons believes they will be up for the task.

"In patches we were okay and I think Dundee were good for their goal, maybe even more," he said.

"We got a little bit sloppy in the last 15 minutes or so and we weren't quite at the races towards the end, but I'm sure we'll be more than ready for Salzburg. There's no doubt they are a good side. We have another week of training ahead of us and we'll need to work hard to get the better of them."

Commons was replaced on the hour mark but was happy to "get some minutes on the park."

He said: "I'm feeling good and it's all about getting that match sharpness back now."

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