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Deal close: Celtic in talks to seal last-gasp playmaker transfer - report

By Harvey Byrne

Celtic are in talks with Hibernian regarding a last-gasp transfer for playmaker Kris Commons, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun has claimed that negotiations between the two clubs have continued, but a sticking point has come between the Hoops and Commons as they are yet to reach an agreement to pay off the remainder of his contract.

The 33-year-old’s current deal is set to run out in the summer after joining from Derby in a £300,000 deal in the 2011 winter window.

He has made a total of 227 appearances for the famous club in his time, bringing a return of 89 goals and 72 assists.

However, he has failed to make a single appearance under summer appointment Brendan Rodgers this season and was sent out to Hibs in an emergency loan deal in December.

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The Scottish Championship side are currently led by former Hoops boss Neil Lennon and it is believed he is a big fan of Commons after the two worked together at Celtic.

It is reported by the Sun that the Northern Irish boss now holds hope of obtaining Commons before Tuesday evening’s transfer deadline.

Football Insider verdict:

Commons has been a good servant to Celtic during his six years at the club, but he is clearly not a part of Rodgers’ plans as he looks to take the club forward. It seems like this deal is now down to whether the Hoops’ chiefs decide whether to pay off his deal, or let him sit in the reserves once more before leaving on a free in the summer. Hibs are currently top of the Championship table by a clear eight points and could become a direct rival to the Hoops next season, which could also be in the back of the Celtic’s board’s mind as well as the financial deficit if Commons keeps his stance of wanting a pay off before leaving the club.

In other Celtic transfer news, this is what must happen for the Hoops to seal this £4million transfer.

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