Done deal: Goal machine signs after Celtic agree terms

By Alex Stevens

Kris Commons has joined Hibernian on an emergency loan from Celtic, it was announced on Friday night.

The playmaker, who has a prolific scoring record for Celtic, has joined the Championship side after being overlooked by Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers this season.

Celtic announced on their official website and Twitter account that Commons, 33, will remain at Easter Road on loan until 15 January.

The terms of the deal have been settled in time for Commons to make his Hibs debut in their Scottish Championship clash against Morton on Saturday.

The former Derby, Nottingham Forest and Stoke player will bring pedigree and experience to Neil Lennon’s team, who are currently top of the table and seeking promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

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Commons has been allowed to temporarily leave Parkhead due to the surfeit of in-form attacking midfielders at high flying Celtic.

Tom Rogic, Craig Mackay-Steven, Patrick Roberts, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest are among those all ahead of Commons in the pecking order.

Nonetheless, Commons is a goal machine at the highest level, scoring 89 goals in 227 appearances for Celtic since arriving in 2011.

At Hibernian, Commons will link up with his former boss Lennon, who was in charge at Parkhead when he joined from Derby.

Football Insider verdict:

Commons’ best days might be behind him but what a player Hibernian are getting, albeit just for a month initially. His pedigree and ability to create and score goals is without question and once he gets his fitness up to speeds, the veteran playmaker can wreak havoc in the second tier. Lennon has clearly pulled some strings to push the deal through, and the deal can provide real impetus to the Edinburgh’s side promotion-chasing bid.

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