Commons, one of the most influential Celtic players of the decade


We’d heard all about Kris Commons when he arrived from Derby County in January 2011, his was a was a name which had floated around the ‘One to watch’ lists for a while, but we didn’t know what we were in for.

In scoring 11 goals in our 14 remaining league games he put up a one man title challenge.  That was the last league Celtic lost, so it remains an open wound, but without Kris’ it would now have been contested.

The music stopped the following season as Kris went until April before opening his account – a fabulous chip as we waved Rangers a goodbye and good-riddance at Celtic Park, but he was back on track the following year.

That season Kris played all 8 games in our Champions League run to the last 16, scored 11 in the league and created a further 12.  There was always a feeling that Scottish clubs had to sacrifice players with flair when playing tier-one opponents, but Kris got his start in the historic game against Barcelona and gave his team-mates a valuable out-ball.

Probably the most important goal he scored in his life was the opener against Shakhter Karagandy in the 2013 Champions League play-off round.  Shakhter were 2-0 up from the first leg and 45 minutes had passed without the breakthrough when Kris collected the ball.  His shot in first-half added time from fully 30 yards swerved away from the keeper into the corner of the net.

The Ronny Delia years will be remembered, among other things, for the manager’s apparent reluctance to use a traditional no. 10, but results determined that Kris was called on.  He scored in four of the five Europa League group stage games he played in last season (we only scored five in total in those games).  A player who appeared to be written-off was clearly indispensable.

The Brendan Rodgers era started with Kris long-term injured, having turned 33, and in the last year of his contract.  Now fit, opportunities to break into a team which looks like breaking records are slight, so joining Neil Lennon at Hibs is an obvious move.  It should work out for both of them.

It’s an emergency loan deal to Hibs, so Kris remains a Celtic player for now, but there’s a good chance the he’ll move permanently when the window opens next month.

Best wishes, Kris, without doubt one of the most influential Celtic players of the decade.



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  1. I received an email from the European Space Agency this morning. (Star gazing is a wee hobby of mine which I find occupies those ever more frequent occasions when I fall over on my way back from the pub and have to do something until the feeling and control returns to my legs).



    It is a satellite picture of Seville taken on 10th July and released today.



    As you will see it is nearly back to normal after the eventts of 2003. If the picture had been taken then, the whole area would have been green rather than the few blocks of stranded stragglers and revellers who seem to have set up a permanent enclave :)



    Anyway, I’ve also attached the description the sent me, although I have my suspicions about the last paragraph.



    I will contact them and ask for a picture of the item of in question.






    Hail Hail




  2. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    Kris Commons was a great servant to the club, but his time is now over.



    Like many others, he goes with our thanks!





  3. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I feel a Hibs at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup coming our way in the days ahead. Where are my pills?

  4. Sounds a bit premature yet but, if it comes to pass there should be a FANFARE FOR THE COMMONS MAN. from the Celtic support.



    His goal against Karagandy was one of the most important in our recent history but just one of many fine goals and assists.

  5. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    TONYDONNELLY67 on 16th December 2016 2:55 pm








    You leaving us Tony.



    Oh well, bye bye then!




  6. A good man


    Thanks for your contribution to my club.


    I wish you and your family all the best




  7. Sad to see Kris leave but all good things must come to an end and maybe it should have ended sooner.

  8. Kris had some good times with us. Personally I never had a great affinity with him. He had too much ego for my liking and didn’t work hard enough or only when is suited. His rousing cheer from the Celtic Park crowd in the Dundee United match directly after the Molde saga left a bad taste in my mouth.



    It’s no surprise he joins up with Lennon. I’m not sorry to see any of the Stokes, Commons, Mulgrew types no longer at Celtic. As Brendan says, our current group is very humble, hard working and there is no ego.

  9. Goodbye and many thanks for some great Celtic memories Kris.


    Shame that some on here canny spell your name correctly after 6 years in the Hoops.

  10. disheartening them before the visit of sevco would do just fine.



    Although some on here thought we were billy cotton and players were getting lambasted I felt that we played well within ourselves and could have upped our game anytime if the need had arisen.



    We have played a lot of games this season so far and still have 5 to go until the winter break. The BB knows what he’s doing.



    Hamilton had a wee trip up the heilans 6 days and the smsm are trying tae flog their best player so it doesn’t augur too well for them, even though they are at home playing on a surface that eat the breid wants banned, amid the prospect of honest mistakes and a 99 minute game.

  11. Looks like it’s on..



    “Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is at Easter Road undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed emergency loan move to Hibernian.



    The 33-year-old has not played for Celtic since Brendan Rodgers took over as manager at the start of the season.



    But Commons was a key player for Neil Lennon during the Hibs boss’s time in charge of the Scottish champions.



    Injury-hit Hibs would be keen to seal a deal in time for Saturday’s match away to Greenock Morton.



    They are currently without Scotland international John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie until January, while Dylan McGeouch suffered an ankle injury in training this week.



    Hibs remain top of the Scottish Championship on goal difference, though the Edinburgh side have lost their points advantage over Dundee United in recent weeks.



    The two pre-season favourites for the title are eight points ahead of Falkirk, with Morton another three behind.



    Commons joined Celtic in January 2011, but his current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.”

  12. KC an absolute bargain and a fine Hunskelper to boot.



    Good luck and thanks for the memory’s.

  13. No Bobby Does It Petta on

    The boy put the bag and all the tools away as soon as he secured his new contract.



    An impostor for the last three years. And of course there’s his stroppy attitude.



    At last we can free up his wages for another player.



    Bye Kris. I for one won’t miss you.




  14. I spent some time in the company of Kris Commons at the funeral of Wee Oscar. He struck me as a shy but very humble man very much content being in the shadow of his partner Lisa Hague.



    Off the park they’ve grown to love our club and have participated in several fundraisers for the Celtic Foundation as well as SIMBA, a charity which helps the parents of stillborn babies. They continue to be close to Wee Oscar’s parents and have taken them several times to their holiday home in Portugal for much needed breaks.



    On the park Kris Commons offered that incredible quality of being able to fashion a goal scoring opportunity from very little. Not bad for someone who, according to some, had a terrible first touch.



    His time was probably up when he was taken off against Molde and he, wrongly, berated the coaching staff in front of watching media. Don’t get me wrong I completely understood his anger and frustration. He had scored a cracking header and the one player who looked as if he might get us the result we needed. Ronny Delia withdrew him and I’ll never, ever comprehend why. However, it was wrong to do it outside of the sanctity of the dressing room.



    I for one will miss what he brought us as a footballer and I’ll miss a couple who weren’t afraid to show how much they thought of our great club.

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