Confirmed: Celtic to open midfielder talks
By Matt Farr
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon is looking to negotiate an extended deal for on-loan Celtic ace Kris Commons as he prepares for talks with his former club.
The 33-year-old joined Hibernian on an emergency loan last month, after the Scottish Championship club lost three of their regular midfield players to injury.
Lennon wants to extend Commons’ stay at Easter Road until the end of the season, with his current deal due to expire on January 15.
The former Celtic boss is due to speak with Commons about his future this week as well as open talks with the Scottish Premiership leaders about a deal.
The midfielder has played an important role in just his short time at the club.
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From three appearances, the Scotland international has contributed one goal and two assists, including a late winner during Hibernian’s 2-1 victory over Falkirk on December 31 to send them back to the top of the Championship.
Lennon is hoping that Commons will agree to stay at Hibernian until the end of the campaign, and see them in their return back to the Scottish Premiership.
He told the Record: “I’d like to keep him a lot longer, but that’s between the two clubs and what Kris’s thoughts are as well.
“He hadn’t played a lot of football before he came here and there was a little bit of ring-rust, but you can see more and more his match sharpness coming back, and he can win games on his own.
“We haven’t discussed that [his future] yet. I’ll sit down with Kris after the weekend and see how he feels about it, and try and take things forward from there.
“It will be down to what Kris think as well obviously and on how talks go with Celtic.”
Commons is only viewed as a fringe player at Celtic, having not featured for Brendan Rodgers’ side this season prior to his move.
With his contract set to expire in six months’ time, it looks likely that Commons will be leaving the club in the summer.
Football Insider verdict
It is clear Brendan Rodgers does not see Kris Commons as the valuable squad player he once was at Celtic. Despite his advancing years, he still has a lot to offer; but he has not made a single appearance for the Scottish champions this season. With his current deal at Celtic Park set to expire at the end of the season, Rodgers’ refusal to play him offers little indication that he will be looking to extend his deal. Fortunately, Hibernian have former Celtic boss Neil Lennon at the helm, a man who worked with Commons for a number of years during his time at the club. He likes Commons, and appreciates his talent, so Commons should look no further than extending his stay at Hibernian. He won’t get much action at Celtic, while he’ll be a regular in the Hibs setup between now and the end of the season. If the two clubs can agree to a deal, then Hibernian will land themselves a quality player.
In other Celtic transfer news, a Sky Sports journalist claims that West Ham have not made a big-money offer for Celtic’s Moussa Dembele.