Charlie Nicholas hails Ronny Deila's decision to recall Celtic star Kris Commons

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Charlie Nicholas is glad to see Kris Commons back in the Celtic team.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that Kris Commons' return to the Celtic side has been a big boost for the club.

A week ago, Celtic were in turmoil after a 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen, and whilst a 2-2 draw with Ajax did encourage fans again, the 6-0 win over Dundee on Sunday was the ideal response for Ronny Deila's men.

A key player in the last two games was midfielder Kris Commons, who notched two assists against Ajax and was a threat during his hour on the pitch against Dundee.

The 32-year-old playmaker has been in and out of the side this season, failing to nail down a regular starting role under Deila so far, with players like Gary Mackay-Steven, Stefan Johansen, Stuart Armstrong and James Forrest all competing for roles behind the lone striker for Celtic.

Yet Commons' performances in the last two games have caught the eye of former Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas, who has told Sky Sports that, whilst he may have some fitness issues, he remains Celtic's most dangerous creative force.

"I think the biggest difference for Celtic is that Ronny Deila has brought Kris Commons back into the team," said Nicholas. "He might not be everybody's favourite - in fact, Ronny himself might think he's not fit enough, or not as fit as he should be - but the facts are that he's Celtic's most creative player," he added.

Commons, who joined Celtic from Derby County in January 2011, has racked up over 80 goals in more than 200 games for Celtic, proving himself to be a regular goalscorer from midfield during his time in Glasgow.

As he gets older, younger players will be competing for his role, and that's something he has found this season. Yet with quality on the ball and an eye for goal, Commons still have value for Celtic and manager Deila - even if his role may be reduced this season.

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