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HIBS STAR WANTS COMMONS TO EXTEND LOAN DEAL

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HIBS striker James Keatings hopes Celtic midfielder Kris Commons will extend his Easter Road stay util the end of the season.

Ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon moved swiftly last week to sign the former Scotland international on an emergency loan.

Commons, 33, played the full 90 minutes against Morton at Cappielow, despite not having featured for Brendan Rodgers’ outfit this season.

The deal is only for 28 days and takes in four more games against Raith Rovers, Falkirk, Dundee United, who are chasing the Edinburgh men at the top of the Championship, and Dumbarton.

Commons was signed by Lennon for the champions from Derby County almost seven years ago, but Keatings also knows the English-born playmaker from their time together at Celtic when he was a youth player.

The Easter Road frontman said: “Kris was someone I looked up to at Celtic. He was always good to me, as was Scott Brown. 

“He always spoke to the young boys, tried to help them in training and was never big-headed or anything like that.

“He worked hard in the gym, one of the boys who was always in there, a real professional. He’s a great signing for us, a top quality player who has played at the highest level and has bags of experience.

“What he has done in past years is unbelievable and for him to come in is going to help the team.”

Keatings revealed Commons’ lack of ego was again apparent as he met his new team-mates for the first time the day before their 1-1 draw in Greenock.

He said: “He came in and there was banter straight away with the boys on the bus going to the game.

“Kris spoke to the boys before the game and afterwards he had a few words in the changing room. He will be good for us because he has been there and done it.

“Kris took set-pieces at Celtic, so he is another option, but he’s not going to come in and start bullying boys off things. He’s not like that.

“He is a professional, he knows he has come into a team where certain people take certain things and he’s not going to come in and start to think he is the boss.

”Kris looked sharp in training with us and he has been training every day at Celtic where everything is done at a very fast tempo. 

“You see in training some of the stuff he can do and will do so we can learn from him.”

Commons has insisted he isn’t looking any further ahead than the next few weeks while boss Rodgers has made it clear he won’t stand in his way if Lennon wants to extend the loan until the end of the campaign.

Keatings, who is currently injured, added: “Hopefully, Kris has a successful period, enjoys it and wants to stay.”

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