Pat Bonner says Kris Commons row is now behind Celtic

Commons fires home his side's fourth goal of the game with a fine effort
Image: Kris Commons scored twice against Dundee United in Celtic's 5-0 win

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner believes Kris Commons' differences with the club's management have now been settled after he scored twice against Dundee United on Sunday.

The forward had a public row with boss Ronny Deila, assistant manager John Collins and coach John Kennedy on the touchline after he was replaced against Molde on Thursday.

Commons later apologised for his actions and put them down to frustration at the way the 3-1 defeat to the Norwegians in the Europa League had gone.

Deila's response was to include the former Scotland international in his starting line-up for the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership meeting with United at Parkhead.

Commons scored a first-half penalty before netting a rising drive after the break and hugged his manager when he was substituted later in the game.

Bonner was happy to see the 32-year-old making positive headlines and now considers the issue dealt with.

He said: "I think it's closed now. These things do happen in the game and if you've been inside a dressing room, normally it can kick off at any time.

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"We live the game through passion and emotion and all of those type of things and it was unfortunate that incident happened in the full glare of the public on live TV.

Kris Commons (left) was much happier when he came off in Celtic's win over Dundee United than he was in Norway
Image: Commons (left) was much happier when he came off in Celtic's win over Dundee United than he was in Norway

"For me, it went on too long. It wasn't a thing that should have happened and I think Kris will realise that when he reflects on it.

"I hope it's put to bed and I think it is now. There was a reaction on Sunday after he scored and also after Leigh Griffiths scored, with him running over to John Kennedy.

"All of those things will tell you they've settled their differences and let's move on and see Kris Commons on the pitch scoring goals like he scored at the weekend."

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