Kris Commons explains how Celtic's experienced heads will play crucial role during title run-in

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The Hoops are four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Kris Commons believes that Celtic's experienced players have a crucial role to play during the title run-in as the Hoops try to see off the challenge from Aberdeen, the Daily Record reports.

An excellent weekend for Ronny Deila's men before the international break saw them move four points clear of the Dons at the top of the Scottish Premiership, and with a game in hand to potentially extend their advantage further.

Despite the Bhoys taking one large step towards the title it seems, Derek McInnes' side's challenge has arguably been the strongest that Celtic have had to cope with since Rangers were demoted out of the division. 

And having been a part of the side that agonisingly missed out to the Gers on the final day of the campaign during his first season at Parkhead in 2011, Commons knows that it is the job of the veterans - like himself and skipper Scott Brown - in the team to ensure that the younger players in the squad do not feel the pressure and allow the door to be opened to Aberdeen once again.

"I can think back to the first season when it felt like we'd lost a 38-game season in one game, one pivotal moment. It was just at the end," he told the Record.

"You do everything right but it came to that one moment. With experience, you tend to then ride out those tricky moments and gather your thoughts, whereas with my first season it was like, 'Where do we go from here?'

"So that's the thing about having experience in the dressing room where people will be looking to the likes of Broony, Charlie Mulgrew, myself, Craig Gordon, the guys who've been there and done it and it's up to us to use our experience.

"If there are people who are on edge then we're the ones that tell them they're here for a reason.They're all top-quality players and if we bring our A-game into every time then I'm sure we’ll be champions at the end of the season but it's not guaranteed."

With Deila's men dominating the league in recent years, many of the fresher faces in the squad have yet to have experienced a title race that has threatened to go right down to the wire during their time at the club.

However, the likes of Commons, Brown and Mulgrew have an idea of what the pressure will be like if the race goes the distance, so should be invaluable should Aberdeen refuse to go away. 

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