By: Mark Henderson
(ISN) – KRIS Commons admitted it was a magical moment to lift the League Cup at Hampden and complete the domestic set of trophies as a Celtic player.
The 31-year-old opened the scoring for the Hoops against Dundee United in the 27th minute to put Ronny Deila’s side in charge at the National Stadium, the attacker firing home at the second attempt after Radoslaw Cierzniak had clawed away his initial effort.
After Sean Dillon saw red for a high challenge on Emilio Izaguirre, substitute James Forrest doubled the advantage in the second half with a sweet finish from 18 yards, ensuring the first trophy of the season would be heading to Paradise.
And that means the treble dream is still alive for the Scottish champions, who will entertain the Tannadice side again in the Scottish Cup last eight replay at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.
Speaking after the game, Commons said: “It could have been a stumbling block. Everyone talks about the treble and we are trying to achieve that. It’s one ticked off and Wednesday’s game is one of the biggest of our season – that could make or break the treble.
“It came to me from the left and I saw it pretty late. I got a half-decent connection on it and the keeper tipped it on to the post and I was lucky enough to react a little quicker than the defenders and it came straight to me.
“And I just thought, ‘roof of the net’, as I thought the keeper would come out and dive anyway. It was just instincts and reaction and it came at a good time to settle the nerves and put them under pressure as they would have to go and score two goals against Celtic, to win which is very difficult to do.
“It was magic to lift that cup as I don’t think I have even seen it, so to get that close and lift it and hear the roar is magic. These are moments you never forget as a football player.
“It was brilliant and it’s a trophy we haven’t won for five or six years. It also gives the likes of myself and the boys huge confidence going into these next couple of games as obviously we have Dundee United again and we probably have the edge now, having couple of goals and not conceded anything.”