KRIS COMMONS insists Celtic “have to go that extra yard” if they hope to make it a record-breaking 10 successive titles.
The former Hoops midfielder is concerned his old club may be playing a dangerous game as they prepare for their tilt at history on the new season.
Commons, who left Parkhead in 2017 after failing to make a solitary appearance during Brendan Rodgers’ debut campaign, believes the champions could be in trouble if they fail to land Fraser Forster after Craig Gordon confirmed his exit from the club.
The 36-year-old ex-Scotland international, speaking to the Daily Mail, said: “I believe they’re getting close to signing Forster. But they should have made a bigger effort to hold on to Gordon.
“I was really angered by Gordon being offered reduced terms. He’s 37, not 45, and he’s been one of the best, if not the best, goalkeepers in Scotland over the past decade.
“If Celtic had been definitively ruled out of the running for Forster, I wouldn’t have had any hesitation in handing him the No 1 jersey.
“He clearly feels he needs first-team football to reclaim his Scotland place and, if Forster is coming back, he won’t get much of that at Celtic Park.
“But what happens if, over the coming days, Celtic lose out on their No 1 target? If it’s about money, Chelsea can offer Forster four times the wages available at Scotland’s richest club.
“Gordon’s departure now makes it more important than ever that Celtic push the boat out to get Forster back.
“For me, it’s just typical Celtic. They’ve always had this knack of trying to get players as cheap as possible, without busting the bank.
“When you’re on the verge of 10 in a row, you have to go that extra yard.”
The Hoops hierarchy are poised to push the boat out in their bid to bring fans’ favourite Forster back to Parkhead, as CQN reported earlier today.
The skyscraper shotstopper is a favourite with the fans and was instrumental in the charge to a record-equalling nine consecutive crowns.
Plus Forster’s display in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final triumph over Steven Gerrard’s outfit was one of the best witnessed by a Celtic netminder in recent history.
And Gordon appears to have firmly closed the door on reversing his initial decision to knock back a new contract on reduced terms, as CQN also reported.