COMMONS' TOUCH; Kris Claims Debut Strike That Set Celtic Up for Final Was No Fluke; Kris:My Debut Goal Was No Fluke

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Byline: Graeme Croser

KRIS COMMONS last night denied that his dream debut goal for Celtic had been a fluke -- and credited coach Alan Thompson for inspiring him to pull off his audacious sixthminute finish.

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown had dismissed the Scotland winger's 25-yard effort as being unintentional, claiming if Commons meant to score, he was a 'better player than Maradona and Messi'.

Brown wasn't alone in doubting the new Celtic player's intention. Even team-mate Joe Ledley was unconvinced of Commons' claims to have picked out the goal which kicked off Celtic's 4-1 Co-operative Insurance Cup semifinal rout.

However, the former Derby County man seemed miffed when it was suggested he might not have meant to chip Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield. 'If you think I didn't mean it, then you've obviously not seen my goals,' replied the 27-year-old, who completed his [pounds sterling]300,000 move to Celtic on Friday.

'It was a shot. I saw a wide bit of the goal towards the back stick and thought: "Why not?". It's the kind of stuff I do in training and it's nice that it came off for me. Before I went out, Alan Thompson told me to be positive and try to get at their right-back.

'These footballs can be like balloons or breeze-blocks, so you never know what they're going to do. Alan said that, with my left foot, I should be looking to have a dig anywhere within 25 yards out.

'Luckily enough for me, the shot fell in the back of the net.'

Commons' claim was backed up by the fact he headed for the Celtic technical area immediately after scoring to make a gesture of thanks towards Thompson. Ledley, however, was less convinced, remarking: 'Did Kris mean it? He says he did, but I'm not sure.

'He has settled quickly. …