Celtic have unveiled Kris Commons as their latest signing of the January transfer window, the attacking midfielder will don the number 15 hoops top and went straight into the squad to face Aberdeen tomorrow in the Scottish Cup Semi Final.
“A lot of people down south who used to be here told me the size of this club so I snapped their hands off as soon as I knew they were interested, it was an easy decision for me,” Commons said. “I spoke to Kenny Miller and Stephen Pearson and they had nothing but praise for the club. It was all positive and they said I would love it up here, this is one of those clubs no one has a bad word to say about. When you speak to players who haven’t been involved in Scottish football, they’re all itching to get up here. Meanwhile the players who have had the opportunity to play for Celtic say it’s always a regret when they leave and they always wish they could get back up here again.
“When you see the size of the stadium, the fan base and what Glasgow is all about you want to get up here as soon as possible. I would go as far as say this is a dream come true, to have the opportunity to play in front of 60,000 people week in week out and join up with Lenny again is magnificent for me.”
Commons left Derby County after three years, he also spent four years at Nottingham Forest and four at Stoke City, and is an experienced Scotland internationalist.
He added, “I’ve made improvements since I played with the gaffer at Forest but I’m hoping I can kick on again and with the gaffer and coaching staff here I can become a better player. It’s a young talented side so hopefully I can enhance that and coming here will give me the best footballing years of my career. I will try to get goals, create goals, I have decent feet and hopefully I can entertain. I want to show all my qualities in these next coming weeks.”
Manager Neil Lennon was excited to acquire Commons, who was a team-mate at Forest. Lennon said, “I’ve known Kris for a while, I had seven months with him at Nottingham Forest so I knew about his qualities then. He’s obviously improved a great deal since then with his time at Derby. He’s a goal scorer and he can play off either side or off the striker. He’s very good with both feet and he’s got a good temperament. He’s a very grounded boy and we’re delighted to have him. When we knew there was a chance of getting him we went for it. He’s 27 and he’s at his peak so we’re delighted he’s going to have those years with us.”
Commons was at the heart of a transfer tug of war between Celtic and rivals Rangers, however it was reported that Celtic offered Commons £5,000 more per week to beat Rangers to his signature, although the player stated that he would never have signed for Rangers anyway. A convenient sound byte to please the fans fed to him by the club’s PR department possibly.
However Commons joins an already packed squad that is not short of midfielders. He will become the Parkhead side’s 12th midfielder, and while the fans were celebrating beating their rivals to his signature, many are asking why the club are not targeting replacements in defence and up front.
With the likes of Shaun Maloney and James Forrest injured, and Niall McGinn struggling to find form, the signing of Commons could prove to be invaluable to Lennon in the title run-in.