Bittersweet day for Commons

Goalscorer sacrificed after keeper dismissal

Commons: Equaliser

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons admitted he was hoping to play a bigger role for his new side after a bittersweet Old Firm debut.

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Commons, recently signed from Championship side Derby County, made an excellent early impression by notching Celtic's first equaliser against fierce rivals Rangers in an exciting 2-2 Scottish Cup tie.

But then he had to make way for substitute goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska after only 37 minutes following the dismissal of the Bhoys' No.1 Fraser Forster.

Short-lived

Commons said: "It was a nice way to introduce myself but it was short-lived so I will look forward to the next game.

"You have to make sacrifices for the team. The manager made that choice and it turned out to be the right choice.

"We still dominated possession and had the best chances.

"We were a little bit unlucky that we did not come away with a win but we are looking at it as a bit of a win really.

"But (in the next Old Firm game) I hope to play a little bit more than 30-odd minutes."

Bond

Commons, 27, has been impressed by the team spirit in the Parkhead dressing room and believes this togetherness shone through at Ibrox.

He added: "In terms of morale and confidence, to come to Ibrox and have that much possession while playing the best part of the game with 10 men shows the bond that we have got.

"There is a winning mentality here and you've seen that when we went down to 10 men and went a goal down again.

"We never gave up. We still played football, created a lot of chances and we could have gone away with the win - no doubt about that."