CELTIC fans’ favourite Kris Commons thanked Neil Lennon after agreeing an emergency loan deal with Hibs.

The 33-year-old midfielder is likely to go straight into the team for tonight’s Championship clash against Morton at Cappielow.

Commons answered an SOS from Lennon, who signed him for the Hoops from Derby for £300,000 almost seven years ago. The Easter Road boss is desperate to bring in cover after being hit by injuries to midfielders John McGinn, Fraser Fyvie and Dylan McGeouch.

The former Scotland international has signed until January 15 meaning that in addition to this evening’s game in Greenock, he will also be available to face Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Dundee United and Dumbarton in the coming weeks.

Commons, who will be out of contract in the summer, said: “It has come about very quickly, but I think it makes sense on both parts. I can try to get some football under my belt and give Hibs a helping hand, as well.

“As much as I am trying to help Hibs, the club are trying to help me out a lot, so I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to play football.

“I’m also thoroughly looking forward to hopefully helping them on the way and putting on the jersey and doing my best.”

Ex-Hoops gaffer Lennon was delighted to have snapped up a player he believes will play a vital role in maintaining Hibs’ Championship title challenge.

He said: “Kris is an experienced, technically gifted player, so him coming in at this time is of benefit to the side as the games start coming in over the festive period.

“With us missing a lot of our regular midfield players, it is good to bring in someone with a lot to offer, even just on a short-term basis.” 

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