Brown lauds Commons

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Scott Brown paid tribute to Kris Commons after his prolific Celtic team-mate rattled in yet another glorious goal in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.

The Hoops skipper had given the visitors the lead with a close-range header in first-half injury time, but the points were sealed in the 68th minute when midfielder Commons drove in from 25 yards with his 13th goal for Celtic since signing in January.

Parkhead boss Neil Lennon, who watched his side go back to within a point of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, claimed there was not a better pound-for-pound signing this season than the man he brought from Derby for £300,000. Brown was equally fulsome in his praise."It was a great finish," he said.

"He has that in his locker and he has shown that again and again. His goals have been different class. In terms of scoring, he's frightening, to be perfectly honest. Give him a ball 20-25 yards from goal and you think 'this could go in,'

"You see him doing it in training every day and he gets better and better each time I see him. That's 13 goals now and it's a great boost for us. It's great to have him in your team."

Celtic play Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday before finishing off with a home game against Motherwell next Sunday, while Rangers host Dundee United at Ibrox on Tuesday night before their trip to Rugby Park on the last day of the season.

Brown still believes Celtic can wrestle the championship trophy back from Ibrox. "There are two games to go this season and there is a still a title there," said the Scotland midfielder. "Anything can happen. But we need to win both games and see what happens with Rangers."

Kilmarnock caretaker manager Kenny Shiels admitted his side ran out of steam in the second half.

"Until Celtic scored it was an even game," he said. "It was nip and tuck, I don't think anyone can disagree with that. We stretched Celtic and they stretched us. It was a bad time to concede and it had a psychological effect on their players and our players, one more adverse than the other.

"I tried to lift the spirits for the second half and we worked hard to get back in to it. But the second half was a bit of a non-event and the game petered out after Commons' strike."

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