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 ‘GOODBYE TO DUBAI – I’M HAPPY AT HIBS,’ COMMONS

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KRIS COMMONS’ Celtic team-mates are preparing to fly to Dubai for a bit of warm weather training.

But the on-loan midfielder insists he’ll be happy to stay at home as he looks forward to Hibs’ Friday night Championship crunch with Dundee United.

The 33-year-old former Scotland international ensured Neil Lennon’s players will go into that clash with the
 Easter Road team top of the table after scoring a late free-kick in the 2-1 win over Falkirk.

The Tannadice side were shocked 2-1 at Dumbarton – the second time this season they have lost to the Sons – and they now trail the Edinburgh men by a point in the promotion race.

Matchwinner Commons later revealed he didn’t hit the ball as cleanly as he intended.

He said: “I actually wanted to hit it a little bit more to the goalkeeper’s left, but looking at it on video, it looks like a wee cracker.

”For me, being in a wall, if anyone hits the ball towards my head, I’m ducking. So, it takes a brave man to stand there and take one in the face when I hit it that hard.

“With the wind behind me, I just thought I’d hit it as hard as possible.

“I was aiming for heads and hoping they were going to move – and they did. It was a wonderful strike and the keeper had minimal time to try to react to it.”

Commons, who is due back at Parkhead later this month when his emergency 28-day loan deal expires, added: “I’m loving it here. It’s good just to meet such a great bunch of guys whose feet are on the ground and who want to work hard.

“For me, it’s a perfect fit because these boys want to win week in, week out and I’ve had that for six years at Celtic.

“We have a big game on 
Friday and I hope to be involved in that – there should be a good atmosphere,the top two playing against each other.

“The rest of the Celtic boys are off to Dubai – but I’m happy in Edinburgh.”

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