HIBS star Andrew Shinnie admits he was always treated Kris Commons with extreme caution when they were in opposition.
So, the 27-year-old is delighted the Celtic midfielder is now a team-mate after Neil Lennon brought in the player on an emergency loan deal last week.
The Easter Road boss hopes John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie will be back in action early in the new year, but, with a string of vital matches over the festive period, he sent out an SOS to his old club for the services of the 33-year-old former Scotland international.
And, although he hadn’t started a competitive match for 10 months, Commons was pitched into action immediately, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Morton at Cappielow just 24 hours after clinching his 28-day move.
The playmaker is expected to make his home debut against Raith Rovers tomorrow, an experience Shinnie believes his new colleague will thoroughly enjoy.
He said: “It was probably tough for Kris to come in last week. It’s a tight pitch at Cappielow with no space to work in, so he’ll enjoy Easter Road with a bit more time and space.
“We knew Morton hadn’t lost at home since March, but we were disappointed with how we played.
“We thought we’d get the ball down and pass it around as we do at home, but it’s a
tight ground, they are quite energetic, get in your face and make it difficult – but we could have played better. We know that.
“However, we battled away and got a point without being at our best. We have to try to pick up the performance a bit.”
Commons’ former Hoops team-mate Dylan McGeouch could also be back in Lennon’s line-up after recovering from an ankle injury.
And Commons could be about to face one of his Celtic teammates in the race to win the Championship, with rivals Dundee United set to move for their former striker Nadir Çiftçi in the next few days, read more on that HERE.