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Ex-Scotland boss Burley: Champions League has helped confidence of Celtic's Commons

Former Scotland manager George Burley believes Champions League football has assisted Kris Commons in becoming a top quality footballer.

The 30-year old Celtic midfielder made his Scotland debut under Burley in August 2008 after he had just moved to Derby County from Nottingham Forest and has since gone on to become a star in Glasgow.

Burley told the Daily Record that he has been very interested in Commons' career over the past five or so years and has been delighted to see him grow into the player he is today.

"Kris has now added Champions League experience to his CV and I can't begin to tell you how important that is," said Burley.

"Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew are doing really well for the national team and a big part of their success is that they have learned so much by playing Champions League football.

"They have a confidence about them now and I am sure it is the same with Kris because he has thrived at that level.

"Kris has played a lot of big games and has never been shown up. He has two good feet and his delivery has always been excellent.

"He's pretty much a dream for a manager because he plays wide on both sides or just in behind the striker. And if he isn't taking chances, he's making them.

"People say he's not the quickest and he certainly isn't in the Theo Walcott mould with explosive pace.

"But he's sharp enough over the first couple of yards and clever enough to adjust his feet and clip the ball round defenders rather than simply run past them. He picks passes out better than most."

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