FORMER Hibs star Steve Cowan believes Kris Commons will be crucial to the Easter Road club beating Championship title rivals Dundee United on Friday night.
The ex-striker watched the on-loan Celtic midfielder inspire his old club to a 2-1 comeback win over Falkirk on Saturday with a last-gasp free-kick winner.
The victory over the Bairns pushed Neil Lennon’s men to top of the table with a one-point advantage as the Tannadice side unexpectedly lost 2-1 at Dumbarton.
Cowan is convinced if Commons can play his part in steering Hibs to two wins – against Dundee United and Dumbarton – before his loan spell is due to end and he returns to Parkhead.
He said: “Kris has so much quality and it was a great strike to win the game.
“His touch, movement and vision were excellent against Falkirk and his pass for Jason Cummings’ goal was terrific.
“His overall play and fitness levels were fantastic.
“His hunger was there for all to see. He kept finding those little pockets of space and he has been a superb addition to the Hibs side.
“Commons has brought that little bit of magic dust. He’s a class apart and has totally justified the manager’s decision to bring him to the club.
“Hibs have real ambitions of winning the title. And if Commons can deliver maximum points in the next two matches it could well turn out to be the difference in Hibs winning or not winning the league.”