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  • Commons targeting further success in Paradise

    Commons targeting further success in Paradise

    By: Mark Henderson on 05 Feb, 2015 17:15

  • A DELIGHTED Kris Commons put pen to paper on a new two-year today in Paradise and then revealed his determination to achieve further success at Celtic.

    The 31-year-old joined the Hoops in 2011 and made an instant impact with a sublime debut goal against Aberdeen in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

    That was the start of a fantastic four years with the Scottish champions during which time the attacker has won three league titles and two Scottish Cups. He also played a key role in Celtic’s progression to the UEFA Champions League last 16.

    Individually, Commons has amassed 175 appearances for the club, scoring 74 times, and last term he was a popular recipient of Scotland’s Player of the Year prize after a sensational season.

    And relieved to have committed his future to Celtic, he’s now targeting further goals, silverware and European progress over the coming years.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV moments after signings his new deal, Kris Commons said: “It feels awesome, it’s a great feeling. It’s a huge burden off my shoulders and I can concentrate on the proper stuff, playing football and winning trophies for this club. I am delighted and absolutely buzzing.

    “It’s been a strange couple of months with all the speculation and now that’s been put to bed I can concentrate on football and trying to get this club trophies over the rest of the season, obviously more league titles, and it would be wonderful if we could add a few more cups to the cabinet.

    "And when you think about Celtic it’s all about European football and if we can get in the Champions League next season and the year after, it would be a huge achievement.”

    On and off the park, Commons, partner Lisa and their young family have loved life in Paradise and they are all thrilled that it will continue to be the place they call home.

    “That’s credit not only to Celtic but the people in Glasgow in how they have welcomed us from the word go,” he said. “It’s a very family-orientated club and you do get the feel of that from the very start. It’s just a massive relief for me and my family that it is secure now.”

    On the immediate horizon, Commons is relishing the challenge of helping the Hoops chase a domestic treble and going head-to-head with Italian giants Inter Milan in the UEFA Europa League in two weeks.

    “The Inter Milan will be a big draw, a full house at Celtic Park under the floodlights,” he said. “It’s always a magical experience and hopefully we turn up at that game give them a sense of what we are all about.

    “It will be a great game to look forward to. We are still involved in all four competitions and hopefully we can have a very successful season.”

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