'He's been brilliant' - Summer exit of Celtic goal machine is confirmed
By Danny Wright
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Kris Commons will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has had a prolific goal scoring record in his time at Celtic Park, scoring 89 times in 227 matches, and Rodgers is playing with the idea that he could hand Commons with one final appearance in the green and white.
The attacking midfielder has failed to play a minute of football under the Northern Irishman’s leadership of the Glasgow giants and was sent out on an emergency loan deal to Scottish Championship club Hibernian in December.
He made five appearances for Neil Lennon’s side, scoring two goals and supplying two assists before returning to the Premiership champions.
However with his contract set to expire at the end of the campaign, Rodgers has admitted that Commons’ time at Parkhead will come to an end.
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“Being a supporter of the club I know what Kris has done in his time here. He has been a fantastic servant for Celtic so he’ll go with all our respect,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Sunday Post.
“I actually spoke to him on the subject (of getting a last run out), to be fair, earlier in the season as he could have gone in January.
“He had a great impact here but unfortunately for him this season the team has taken on a different dynamic.
“But he’s been brilliant. He has been a good guy and I like him.”
Celtic signed Commons in January 2011 from English club Derby County.
He’d also played for Nottingham Forest and Stoke in his career and made 12 appearances for the Scottish national team, scoring two goals.
The Bhoys have five games to play this season, with their last at Celtic Park against Hearts on the final day of the league campaign.
They travel to Hampden Park a week later to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final in a bid to wrap up a domestic treble.
Football Insider Verdict
The big question in Commons’ mind now is surely about where he will be playing next season. The 33-year-old has made no hint about retirement and his short spell at Hibernian suggests that he still has something to offer for another club. Celtic have hit a new level under Rodgers’ leadership since his arrival last summer and there’s been no way that Commons could have kept up with the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair, who have bossed the side’s attacking midfield roles this season. Commons deserves a rousing send-off from his fans and it will be a nice touch from Rodgers if he can play him against Hearts.
In other Celtic news, an English Championship club is plotting a move for this Parkhead outcast.