KRIS COMMONS can follow in Lubomir Moravcik’s footsteps and become a Golden Oldie in the Hoops.
That’s the verdict of Chris Sutton who is delighted the midfielder has agreed a new two-year deal at Celtic.
Commons, 31, is aiming to add to the three titles and two Scottish Cups he has won since arriving from Derby in a bargain £300,000 deal four years ago.
Moravcik, then 33 , cost a similar fee when he joined the club from German side Duisburg in 1998, signed by fellow-Slovakian Dr Jozef Venglos.
Sutton said: “Ronny Deila left Kris out of the team earlier in the campaign, but soon come to realise his side are better when Kris is part of the line-up.
“I know there was an issue about his age and it has not been the club’s policy to hand longer contracts to players in their thirties, but this deal was a no-brainer for me.“Kris is similar in many ways to Lubo Moravcik, who was still playing competitive football in his late thirties. Kris is only 31.“Like Lubo, Kris doesn’t rely on his physical attributes to turn a game.
“He can produce something a little bit different out of next to nothing.
“Why would you want to get rid of a player such as that?“There are many guys in football who have relied on their pace and when they’ve lost it, they’ve lost their x-factor.
“Kris has never relied on pace – he’s all about guile and game intelligence.“He keeps churning out performances and is really special in that position, just tucked in behind the strikers.”
Commons won the Scottish Player of the Year award last season after scoring a phenomenal 32 goals from midfield.