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Stokes backs Celtic mate Commons for player award

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes believes teammate Kris Commons will be voted this season's Scottish Premiership Player of the Year.

Commons has scored 23 league goals for a total of 28 in all competitions so far this campaign which in Stokes' eyes, should land him the prize ahead of fellow Hoops star Virgil van Dijk.

"Virgil has been outstanding this year, but I'd probably give it to Kris, just for his goals and influence in games," Stokes said.

"He's been massive for us this season and has had the biggest impact of any player I can see in the league. He's a great player to play beside. I'm up alongside him and he sees a pass, while his goals have taken his game to a new level.

"The votes can be erratic, but speaking personally I think it's hard to look past those two. But you never know and it will be interesting to see.

"Big Virgil has been outstanding this season - the boys at the back went on that run without conceding any goals and Virgil was a big part of that. With his composure on the ball, he's the all-round centre half. He's been exceptional this season.

"But as a striker, playing alongside Kris, I think he probably deserves it for his goals and assists. I think he's been pushed a bit further up the pitch and it's suited him.

"He's been on the end of everything. Any ball that broke there for three or four months just fell nicely for him. But you have to get yourself in the position to score those goals."

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