Dynamo Dresden 1 - 1 Celtic: Commons injury fears

Kris Commons: taken off after scoring. Picture: SNS
Kris Commons: taken off after scoring. Picture: SNS
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Craig Gordon made his first start for Celtic as the Scottish champions drew 1-1 against Dynamo Dresden in their friendly in Germany, but scorer Kris Commons was forced off just before the break, causing concern for new manager Ronny Deila.

The former Hearts and Sunderland goalkeeper, Deila’s only summer signing so far, was one of several changes to the side that started in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifier against KR Reykjavik in Iceland on Tuesday night where Celtic came away with a 1-0 win.

Captain for the day Commons opened the scoring in the seventh minute against the German side with a drive from inside the box after being set up by striker Teemu Pukki.

However, the attacking midfielder, who scored 32 times last season, was substituted just before the break which may cause some concern ahead of the return game against KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield on Tuesday night.

Despite the changed line-up, it was still a strong team with plenty of experience selected by the Norwegian. Efe Ambrose and Virgil van Dijk continued their central defensive partnership, while Beram Kayal and Nir Bitton anchored the midfield.

Pukki led the line, with support provided by an attacking triumvirate of Dylan McGeouch, Commons and Callum McGregor, fresh from scoring on his Hoops bow in Iceland.

Deila changed almost his whole side at the interval with the home team drawing level through striker Sylvano Comvalius in the 69th minute.