Commons sets sights on early title
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Celtic forward Kris Commons has set his sights on finishing the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten after helping his side move top of the table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Motherwell.

Commons scored his side's second in the 49th minute after Anthony Stokes had given Celtic a first half lead as the champions moved three points clear of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who lost 4-0 at St Johnstone, with a game in hand over Terry Butcher's side.

Celtic have dropped just two points in eight matches so far this season and Commons said the aim was to wrap up their fourth consecutive title without losing a match. "We are going to try and pull away now and win as many games as we can," Commons said.

"We are going to try and go unbeaten throughout the league season. We want to pick up as many points as mathematically possible and hopefully get the league wrapped up sooner rather than later so we can rest players for bigger cup games because we still want to do the double.

"It will be very difficult because obviously there are teams in the league who always want to beat you. There are a lot of places that are very hard to go and play your football."

Following defeats to Morton and Barcelona in their previous two run-outs at home, Neil Lennon's team were looking to avoid becoming the first Celtic side to lose three consecutive matches at Parkhead since 1990. However, they never looked to be in any danger against a Motherwell side that came to Celtic Park just three points behind their hosts on the back of a five match unbeaten run.

Motherwell keeper Lee Hollis had already flapped at a cross before his decision to come for - and miss - a loose ball in the box saw him hand Stokes a 21st minute opener before Commons added a superb second solo goal to put Celtic on easy street just after the break.

He makes saves that I don't think many other keepers can. He doesn't just save it he bats it away and he has done that time and again.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon on goalkeeper Fraser Forster

"We've lost the last couple of games - the Morton game and Barcelona the other day - so it's good to get back to winning ways with two good individual goals but the most important thing was the three points and the way we approached the game," Commons said. "From our experience last year we were a bit lacklustre after Champions League games so it was good not only to get the victory but to see the way we went about it as well.

"Not only are Champions League matches physically demanding but they also are mentally. I think that's the kind of thing you learn and take experience from. You need to maintain your body throughout the week to play at a high level not only on a Tuesday but also on a Saturday. From my experience last year it is hard to maintain those energy levels throughout the week and perform your best on a Saturday."

Motherwell, who are without a win at Celtic Park since 2008, failed to muster a shot on target to test Fraser Forster until the keeper made a superb one-handed save to stop a John Sutton header with five minutes to go. After the game, Lennon was full of praise for Forster, who has been called up for England's 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers next week.

"He makes saves that I don't think many other keepers can," Lennon said. "I think that was a classic example. He doesn't just save it he bats it away and he has done that time and again.

"I said to him before the game 'let's not make this a short term thing where people are shouting for you and backing you. Be consistent and make it a long-term thing where you are putting pressure on all the other English goalkeepers'. And he's doing that at the moment. I think he's world class and that save was world class."

It wasn't all good news for Celtic after defender Adam Matthews was stretchered off with a suspected broken collarbone that could rule him out for three months and see him miss Wales' World Cup qualifying matches next week.