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16th Dec, 2016 | 6:11am

Report: Celtic close to playmaker transfer, deal could be done by Saturday

By Dominic Toner

Hibernian are keen to complete an emergency loan for Celtic midfielder Kris Commons, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim that Hibs manager Neil Lennon wants a reunion with the 33-year-old after working with him at Celtic after being hit by injuries in his current squad.

The report details that Lennon wants to push through an emergency loan in time for his club’s match against Morton on Saturday.

It is understood that Commons is keen on the deal after being completely overlooked by Brendan Rodgers this season.

Commons has not made a single appearance for the Bhoys this season and is completely out-of-favour.

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The attacking midfielder has not been able to force his way into the team this season with the likes of Tom Rogic, Stuart Armstrong, Patrick Roberts, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest all ahead of him.

He has been with the Scottish giants since 2011, scoring 89 goals in 227 appearances for the club.

Commons has also played at English sides Derby, Nottingham Forest and Stoke during his career.

The playmaker would certainly be a great addition to Scottish Championship side Hibs, who are currently top of the table on goal difference ahead of Dundee.

Football Insider verdict:

Commons’ move to Hibs would be a sensible move for both parties, with Celtic deeming the attacking midfielder surplus to requirements this season. Brendan Rodgers has a clear mind of his squad and is focused on winning the league title, something that Commons is not set to be a part of. The playmaker has been a popular player during his time with the club and should be allowed to leave to seek regular football. The 33-year-old is certainly good enough to be playing the Scottish Championship and is keen to link back up with manger Lennon. Celtic have enough options in their squad to let Commons complete an emergency loan to Hibs.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club are eying a loan move for an attacking midfielder.