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Kris Commons sends out a treble yell after Celtic victory

Kris Commons
Kris Commons

By Gavin McCafferty

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons believes they can go from strength to strength after winning the first trophy of Ronny Deila's reign.

Deila is on course to become only the third Celtic manager to win a domestic treble, after Jock Stein and Martin O'Neill, following his side's League Cup triumph.

That added a new medal to Commons' cabinet, but the playmaker is not about to rest on his laurels ahead of the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Dundee United at Parkhead.

The 31-year-old appeared likely to leave the club in January as former Celtic manager Neil Lennon targeted him for a move to Bolton, but the former Scotland international signed a two-year contract before netting the opener against United at Hampden on Sunday.

And he is fully embracing Deila's quest to improve his team and players.

Commons said: "I think we're a better team than last season. On paper we set really high standards with the clean sheet record, goals scored and points tally. I think this time last season the league was done and dusted. It's hard to say we are a better team, but I feel like we are in a better place.

"We've not reached the top. It's not like we've conquered it and that's where we need to be, we will still be looking to make improvements and progress.

"If we do win the treble we will be looking to do it again next year and the year after then add Champions League group stages and try to get last-16.

"You've got to keep striving for greatness. If you think you've reached the top and stand still that's when you start going backwards."

Commons, who admitted his own season had been a "rollercoaster", added: "When a new manager comes in, it's very difficult to make it seamless.

"He is a different nationality, we had a few new players and we weren't achieving the style of play he wanted. Changes take time and now we are seeing the benefits."

Commons' words were music to Deila's ears as the Norwegian continues to wipe out early impressions of him following Celtic's poor Champions League qualifying campaign.

"I think we have progressed a lot in the things I want to bring into the culture and how we want to work," he said.

"I'm starting to really enjoy it. In the beginning it's enough to be there, you don't know where to start. Now it's settled, everybody knows their role and what's expected, and now we have to work better than we have done before."

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