DEREK McINNES watched Kris Commons inspire Celtic to within a point of his Aberdeen team at the top of the Premiership.

The midfielder’s future is still cloaked in mystery as he comes to the end of his contract.

But the Dons boss revealed: “I think Celtic should be doing all they can to keep him.
“There were a lot of good performances from the Celtic players against Killie, but no-one could hold a candle to him.
“I thought he showed a real desire to get involved and a desire, also, to get on the scoresheet.

“Why doesn’t he play? I don’t know, but he would be first pick for a lot of teams.

“I’ll be pleased if he is not in the team sheet when we play them. “I think he is such an influence and we always make sure we want to nullify his threat.

“At the start of the season when Celtic beat us, for the first hour he was difficult to tie down and he had a big influence.
“Maybe it’s been alluded to the fact that the manager likes Stefan Johansen in that role with his energy to go beyond.
“He played that role on this occasion with Commons shifted to the outside.
“But they are still good enough players to find space.
“Both were influential and both players have a huge part to play for Celtic.”

The honest Pittodrie gaffer also believes a player of the calibre of Commons should not be lost to Scottish football. He added: “We want to keep good players.
“And he has been a good one for all the time he has been here.
“He showed against Killie he has lost none of that ability.”

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