Hitman's sights on another 50 goals

KRIS COMMONS is a man who knows how to mark an occasion.

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Kris Commons celebrates his 50th Celtic goal with team-mates Charlie Mulgrew and Virgil van Dijk
Kris Commons celebrates his 50th Celtic goal with team-mates Charlie Mulgrew and Virgil van Dijk

Not only did the first of his two goals against St Mirren on Sunday take him through the 50-mark for the club he joined in January, 2011, they came on his 100th appearance in domestic competition for the Hoops.

And, to boot, Commons got the goals in the 4-0 thumping on his daughter, April's, fourth birthday.

The man from Mansfield is now preparing for a well-earned rest, and reflected on reaching his scoring milestone.

He said: "Hopefully, there will be another 50."

Commons declared his intention to add to his impressive goals tally for the campaign with a clever chip in the first half which rebounded off a post.

"It would have been nice if the chip had gone in for my 50th, but I'll take the two-yard header," he smiled.

A rocket into the roof of the net, following good lead-up play by James Forrest, gave Commons his brace.

But, he could have put the icing on the cake with a very unusual finish, as he explained: "The ball was breaking to me and I had a shot with my right foot.

"That could easily have gone in as well and I could have had a hat-trick."

It was a margin of victory which, after three 1-0 wins, manager Neil Lennon felt was coming.

And Commons told the club's website: "It's good that, once we score, we very often go on and win the game.

"It gives us a freedom to express ourselves and get more goals."

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