SPFL: Kris Commons more mature since joining Celtic
Kris Commons admits he could not have envisaged enjoying such a successful Celtic career since a dramatic Hampden debut.
Last Updated: 21/11/13 1:59pm
Commons had arrived at Celtic from Derby County in January 2011, less than 24 hours before his debut in the last-four Hampden Park clash, and it took just six minutes for him to make an impact.
The 27-year-old netted twice in a 4-1 win over the Dons during a dream beginning to his Hoops career and he told this week's Celtic View: "My experiences have been a huge asset to me.
"Not only league football but winning trophies, playing at the top level, playing in European games, that's the experiences I've gathered over the last three years.
"Looking back to that first game against Aberdeen, I was so fresh, I was still a boy, but now I feel more mature, I'm a man and I feel like I know the game a bit better.
"It's now my turn to guide and direct young players rather than people guiding me, and that's an experience thing for me. I was relatively mature then but there were still older players in the squad that I respected, players I'd listen to for advice.
"But it's flipped a little bit now and I'm classed as the more experienced player in the group so I'm getting asked for my input a bit more."
Commons has scored five times against the Pittodrie side since moving to Glasgow, and is looking to add to that tally on Saturday at Celtic Park.
Derek McInnes's side are doing well this season and are currently third in the league and Commons added: "Aberdeen are a good side and we found it difficult at their place at the start of the season.
"We came away with a hard-fought win, but they are well-organised with a strong fan base so they are a tough team to play against.
"It's all set up for them to do well but it's one thing to do it once every two or three weeks and another doing it week-in-week-out, and that's what you need to do to be the champions. That's where we gain the advantage because we're more than capable of doing it every week.
"My memories of playing against Aberdeen are very black and white, there's never anything in between. We either win comfortably or scrape a win so it's always a nice game to play in.
"You know you're going to get a good game but if we turn up and play to our strengths, we are more than capable of putting in a few goals."