Celtic news – Izaguirre keen to remain a Hoop, Commons best buy of season says Lennon, Pressure on Gers

Pressure on Gers.

Celtic reduced the gap at the top of the table to one point from rivals Rangers with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Boss Neil Lennon made four changes to the side that lost at Inverness in midweek and handed Rangers the initiative in the title race, with Thomas Rogne, Ki Sung-Yeung, James Forrest and Daryl Murphy all named in the starting line-up.

The Hoops took until first-half injury time to get their noses in front when Scott Brown broke the deadlock with a header from close home, but Kris Commons wrapped the points up on 68 minutes with a superb 25-yard strike.

Lennon and his team will now look towards Tuesday´s game at Ibrox in the hope that Dundee United can take points of SPL league leaders Rangers, with the Parkhead side due to play Hearts at Tynecastle the following day.

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Commons best buy of season says Lennon.

Kris Commons arrived at Parkhead at the end of January and his strike at Kilmarnock on Sunday took his overall goal tally for the season to 28, 13 of them for Celtic.

Boss Neil Lennon is in no doubt there has not been a better signing anywhere than the 27-year-old Scotland international.

“I wouldn’t have thought there has been a better buy, not for £300,000,” Lennon told STV. “Mind you, Emilio Izaguirre at £600,000 has been a fantastic bit of business as was Beram Kayal at around £1m.

“So we have been lucky in that respect, the players we have brought in this season have been magnificent. Kris is coming to the peak of his career.

“He has been tremendous, he has a tremendous work rate and he is always likely to pop up with a goal.”

Izaguirre keen to remain a Hoop.

Hoops left-back Emilio Izaguirre has reiterated his desire to remain at Parkhead come the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation in his first season in Scotland and was recently voted Scottish Player of the Year, so Celtic are expecting some big-money bids for him this summer.

However, the player himself told The Express: “My family is settled here and if there is a new contract offer I would be delighted to sign it, but I’m thinking only of the remaining games at the moment and after it is all over we’ll see what happens.”

Izaguirre has also been earning rave notices back in his native Honduras.

He added: “People back there used to watch Tottenham or Inter Milan but now Celtic’s is the top-selling jersey!”

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