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14th Dec, 2017 | 5:21pm

'He was the only person' - Kris Commons raves about ex-Celtic boss

Kris Commons has paid tribute to former Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s motivational skills on the night the Bhoys defeated Barcelona 2-1 in 2012.

The Hoops were rank outsiders for the game, but inspired by the goalkeeping of Fraser Forster and goals by Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt, they pulled off a famous victory in Glasgow.

Speaking to Si Ferry’s Open Goal series, as previewed on their Twitter account, the former Hoops striker revealed what he told Lennon when he quit as manager of the Scottish champions in 2014.

“I said to him [Lennon] when he left Celtic, the motivational speaking, everything you said to me, he was the only person that would make me believe we could beat a Barcelona, he gave me so much confidence,” said Commons.

Commons left Celtic in summer 2017, after winning a host of trophies including five Scottish Premiership titles.

Back to the present day, and after drawing with Neil Lennon’s Hibs side 2-2 the Hoops returned to winning ways when they defeated Hamilton 3-1 to remain five points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

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The Celts have a busy schedule for the rest of December, which culminates in a Glasgow derby at Celtic Park on the 30th, the last game before the January winter break.

Their next game in the league is a trip to Tynecastle to take on Hearts, before they play their game in hand on closest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen against Partick Thistle.

In other Celtic news, the team expected to play against Hearts has been named

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