Kris Commons

Kris Commons was born in Nottingham on 30 August 1983 (age 36). Follow @kcommons15 on Twitter.

Kris Commons · Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

On 28 January 2011, despite interest from Rangers, Commons signed a three and a half-year deal with Celtic for a fee of around £300,000 and was given squad number 15. The following day, he made an immediate impact, scoring the opening goal on his debut in Celtic’s 4–1 League Cup semi-final win against Aberdeen with a lob from outside the box. On 6 February, Commons scored against Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox. The match ended 2–2. On his home debut at Celtic Park, he again scored against Rangers to add Celtic’s third goal. In his next home league game, Commons scored both goals, including a volley from 25 yards, as Celtic won 2–0 against Hamilton. Commons had now become an integral part of the Celtic side; playing just behind the main strikers, occasionally in a central role but more often fielded wide left.

On 9 April, Commons came off the bench to score the winning goal in a 1–0 SPL win over St Mirren. On 17 April, he scored from the penalty spot in Celtic’s 4–0 victory over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park, and then netted twice in a 4–0 league win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park three days later. On 4 May, Commons notched yet another brace as Celtic lost 3–2 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Five days later, Commons scored in a 2–0 victory against Kilmarnock with a 30-yard strike into the top right hand corner of the net. On 11 May, Commons scored the final goal of Celtic’s 3–0 win against Hearts. After scoring, he was sent off for the first time in his entire career after receiving a second yellow card for celebrating with the fans; resulting in him missing the last league game of the season through suspension. Commons picked up his first winner’s medal on 21 May when Celtic won the Scottish Cup, beating Motherwell 3–0. The opening goal was set up by Commons, who played a square pass to Ki Sung-Yeung which set up the Korean midfielder to score from distance with a powerful shot.

Commons began 2011–12 season as a regular in the Celtic team, but in their fourth league match of the season against St Johnstone, he missed an early penalty after slipping at the vital moment. Celtic ended up losing 0–1. As a result of missing the penalty, Manager Neil Lennon removed Commons as a penalty taker. On 2 October 2011, in the second half of Celtic’s 2–0 defeat against Hearts, Commons was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle. Commons was struggling to match the form he had shown the previous season and, also hampered by suspension and injuries, was no longer playing regularly. On 29 April 2012, Commons scored his first, and only, goal of the season in a 3–0 win over Rangers on 29 April 2012. Celtic finished the season as league champions, and Commons’ 24 league appearances saw him gain an SPL winner’s medal.

On 4 August 2012, Commons scored the only goal of the game as Celtic beat Aberdeen 1–0 in the opening game of the 2012–13 league season. In Celtic’s next league game on 18 August, Commons scored a last-minute equaliser to clinch a 1–1 draw against Ross County. On 21 August, Commons scored the opening goal in a 2–0 win against Helsingborgs in the Champions League play-off round first leg. Commons had now regained the form he had shown when he first joined Celtic in 2011. Manager Neil Lennon commented “Last season, Kris was curtailed by injuries and self-doubt, for whatever reason, I don’t know.”, but added regarding his current performances, “I think he is playing even better now than he was in his first season.” On 5 December, Commons scored the winning goal against Spartak Moscow from the penalty spot at Celtic Park, sending Celtic through to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in five years. On 16 March 2013 in the 4–3 home win over Aberdeen, Commons broke the record for the fastest goal in the SPL with a time of 12.2 seconds; a record previously held by Celtic teammate Anthony Stokes. Commons finished the season with both a League Championship winner’s medal and a Scottish Cup winner’s medal as Celtic completed a league and cup double.

Commons played in nine of Celtic’s opening ten fixtures of season 2013–14, scoring against Elfsborg and Shakhter Karagandy in Champions League qualifying ties and against Aberdeen in the league from the penalty-spot. He continued to play and score regularly, and hit a purple patch during December. On 1 December 2013, Commons scored a hat-trick at Tynecastle in a 7–0 rout of Hearts in the Scottish Cup. Five days later, he scored twice in a 5–0 league win away against Motherwell, the first of which he cleverly back-heeled an off-target Anthony Stokes shot past the Motherwell goalkeeper. On 21 December 2013, he scored again against Hearts, this time in a home 1–0 victory. Commons finished 2013 with another strike, the only goal in a 1–0 win away at Inverness CT on 29 December 2013. This impressive run of form saw Commons named the Scottish Premiership’s Player of the Month for December. Commons continued his goalscoring form into January, scoring twice in a 4–0 win away at St Mirren on 5 January 2014, the first of which was his 50th competitive goal for Celtic. Kris Commons finished the season as the top scorer in Scotland, netting 32 goals, and won both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.

The arrival of new manager Ronny Deila in June 2014 saw Commons feature less regularly in the team. By January 2015, he had only started in around half of Celtic’s games in season 2014-15, and scored seven goals. However, amidst speculation over his future at Celtic, Commons began playing more regularly for the team. On 1 February 2015, he scored the second goal of Celtic’s 2–0 win over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, which was the first Old Firm meeting since April 2012. On 5 February, Commons signed a two-year extension keeping him at the club until 2017. Commons said “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed this new contract with the club”, adding “I’ve loved my time at Celtic and this is where I want to continue playing my football.” On 15 March, Commons scored the opening goal in Celtic’s 2–0 win over Dundee United in the League Cup Final.

Scotzine · Feb 18

Ex-Celt Insists It’s the Day of Reckoning for Gerrard

KRIS COMMONS insists Steven Gerrard is on thin ice as he gets ready for the Europa League encounter against Braga at Ibrox on Thursday night...

67HailHail · Feb 11

Sky Sports man discusses ‘running joke’ he found embarrassing during former Celtic boss’ reign

Former Celtic star and Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has been reflecting on his time at the club during the Ronny Deila days, feeling that dwindling attendances at the time became something of an embarrassment, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (10/02 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 12)...

Scotzine · Feb 11

Mcinnes Faces ‘Big Questions’

DEREK McINNES will face some “big questions” if he fails to deliver in Aberdeen’s next three games, starting this evening at Hamilton Accies.

67HailHail · Feb 10

‘Left to do our own thing’: Commons recalls frozen out group of four at Celtic under Rodgers

Former Hoops star Kris Commons has opened up on his final season at Celtic when he was left to train with youngsters at Lennoxtown, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (10/02 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 12)...

BBC Sportsound · Feb 10

Sportsound Podcast : 10 Feb 20

Willie Miller, Kris Commons & Chick Young debate why the goals have dried up at Aberdeen & Hearts Steven Naismith explains why he admires his Celtic counterpart Scott Brown...

Talking Baws · Feb 10

Kris Commons Says Empty Seats at Celtic Park Became a Running Joke During Ronny Deila’s Era

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons claims empty seats at Celtic Park were a running joke amongst him and his team-mates during Ronny Deila’s spell as manager...

The Celtic Star · Feb 10

‘A Source Of Embarrassment’, Kris Commons

Aberdeen hosted Kilmarnock in a drab 0-0 Scottish Cup last 16 tie yesterday.

67HailHail · Feb 10

Sky Sports pundit has sympathy for player who became ‘a bit of an outcast’ at Celtic

Former Celtic attacking midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has shared his sympathy for Scott Sinclair after the way his Hoops career came to an end, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (10/02 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 12)...

Celts Are Here · Feb 10

‘A Source of Embarrassment’ – Kris Commons Details ‘Running Joke’ At Celtic Park Under Former Boss

KRIS COMMONS has used Aberdeen’s poor him attendance to have a dig at his former boss Ronny Deila and the attendance figures for home games at Celtic Park during the period...

Griffiths Fall-Out: Ex-Celt Blasts ‘Morons’

FORMER Celtic star Kris Commons has hit back at “the morons” who have mouthed off in the fall-out of Leigh Griffiths’ incident with Hamilton Accies’ Sam Woods on Sunday...

67HailHail · Feb 3

Sky Sports pundit hits back at Celtic rivals’ ‘whataboutery’ that empowers ‘morons’

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has hit back at comparisons between striker Leigh Griffiths and rival forward Alfredo Morelos after the weekend’s Scottish Premiership action, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (03/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 20).

67HailHail · Feb 3

Sky Sports pundit thinks Gerrard can learn a lesson from Celtic boss Lennon

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has noted manager Neil Lennon’s tactical flexibility of late and thinks it’s something Steven Gerrard should learn from, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (03/02 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

67HailHail · Feb 2

Sky Sports pundit shuts down another bad Kris Boyd opinion with Celtic assertion

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has corrected his Sky Sports punditry colleague Kris Boyd on Instagram about who the greatest player in modern Scottish football history is.

Kris Commons trolls Steven Gerrard for Celtic Park antics

Steven Gerrard has been trolled for his antics at Celtic Park earlier this season after Rangers lost against bottom-placed Hearts to hand the lead back to the Hoops.

Read Celtic · Jan 28

Sky Sports pundit believes “alarming trend” could leave Gerrard with “egg on his face” after Celtic Park incident

Kris Commons has identified an “alarming trend” Rangers should be concerned about in their attempts to challenge Celtic for the title whilst also criticising Steven Gerrard for his Glasgow Derby celebrations last month...

Scotzine · Jan 28

Ex-Celt Pinpoints ‘Alarming Trend’ at Ibrox

FORMER Celtic star Kris Commons reckons Rangers are about to get involved in an action replay of last season.

The Celtic Star · Jan 27

Kris Commons believes cracks are starting to show in the Rangers squad

It was not too long ago that the Rangers were on top of the world.

67HailHail · Jan 27

‘Rangers look desperately short’: Sky Sports pundit talks up Celtic’s big advantage over rivals

Former Celtic star and Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons thinks the cracks are beginning to show in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad, especially compared to the options available to Neil Lennon...

Celts Are Here · Jan 27

Sky Sports Pundit Slates Gerrard Over Parkhead Antics

Ex-Celt and Sky Sports pundit, Kris Commons has slated Ibrox Boss Steven Gerrard for his Celtic Park celebrations in December and how silly he looks a month on from the Parkhead game.

67HailHail · Jan 27

Sky Sports pundit launches dig at Gerrard’s Celtic celebrations

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has taken a swipe at Steven Gerrard for his Parkhead celebrations, as things quickly swung back in the Bhoys’ favour.

67HailHail · Jan 22

Celtic boss returns to stadium which helped shape managerial legacy

Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s visit to Rugby Park on Wednesday night to face Kilmarnock will be the first-time he has managed the Hoops at the stadium since March 2014, when a Kris Commons hat-trick gave the Hoops a 3-0 win...

67HailHail · Jan 20

‘Why the secrecy?’ – Sky pundit asks serious questions of SFA after incidents in Celtic match

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has questioned the efficiency and process of the Scottish FA disciplinary process after farcical handling of incidents during the recent derby against Rangers, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (20/01 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

67HailHail · Jan 20

Sky Sports pundit has heard good things about one Celtic fringe man in training

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has heard from within Lennoxtown that Leigh Griffiths is working and training hard, but has urged the player to do even more, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column this week (20/01 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

67HailHail · Jan 13

Commons doesn’t think time is right for red hot Celtic-linked star to move clubs

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has argued against Lawrence Shankland leaving his current club Dundee United this January, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (13/01 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 16).

67HailHail · Jan 7

Sky Sports pundit recalls being chased down Glasgow street by rival fan after signing for Celtic

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has this week been speaking out on the abuse that players turning out for both the Hoops and Rangers can receive in Glasgow, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (06/01 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 16)...

67HailHail · Jan 2

Sky Sports man highlights Troy Deeney in Celtic recommendation

Sky Sports pundit and ex-Celtic star Kris Commons believes that the club needs to sign someone in the mould of Troy Deeney.

Daily Star · Dec 31, 2019

Celtic urged to sign ‘a striker worth £9m’ to boost title hopes after Rangers loss

Celtic legend Kris Commons has urged his former club to dip into the January transfer market to ensure they pip Rangers to to the Scottish Premiership title...

67HailHail · Dec 30, 2019

‘Playing with fire’ – Kris Commons sends Rangers title warning to Celtic’s money men

Former Celtic star has Kris Commons told the club’s decision-makers that there needs to be a January spend to bolster Neil Lennon’s squad, or they risk letting Rangers stop nine-in-a-row, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (30/12 print edition, Verdict supplement, page 16)...

The Celtic Star · Dec 30, 2019

Kris Commons talks about what Celtic need to do in January

Sunday’s loss at Parkhead at the hands of the Rangers was a huge setback for Celtic in the Premiership title race.

Daily Record · Dec 29, 2019

What Celtic vs Rangers pundits said as Kris Boyd describes clash as ‘men against boys’

Kris Boyd, Kris Commons, Neil McCann and Pat Bonner were the pundits for this one and they certainly didn’t hold back on their views...

67HailHail · Dec 23, 2019

‘There would be a riot’ – Sky Sports pundit decries potential change to Celtic derby matches

Former Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons doesn’t think using VAR in Scottish football is a very good idea, feeling that it wouldn’t clear up many potential controversies and could even create more, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (23/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

Soccerlens · Dec 19, 2019

‘Would be a blockbuster signing’ – Commons urges Celtic to sign £70k-a-wk star

originally posted on Kris Commons has urged Celtic to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent deal.

The Celtic Star · Dec 19, 2019

Kris Commons believes Celtic move would send shockwaves through Scottish football

Celtic are expected to make a few moves in the transfer market next month.

Celts Are Here · Dec 18, 2019

‘It would send shockwaves through Scottish football’ – Sky Sports Pundit Makes Celtic Transfer Claim

CELTIC are in the market for a few players in January but one thing which hasn’t been brought up is securing their goalkeeper on a permanent deal going forward.

Daily Record · Dec 17, 2019

Kris Commons makes Fraser Forster Celtic transfer claim as he reveals what could halt permanent deal

Forster has been a standout player for the Hoops since returning to the club on a season-long loan from Southampton...

Read Celtic · Dec 17, 2019

Former Parkhead ace hints that Celtic are “hopeful” of agreeing deal for “blockbuster signing”

Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons believes Celtic are “hopeful” of completing a deal to sign Fraser Forster on a permanent basis at the end of the season...

Celtic Quick News · Dec 17, 2019

Hero Would Sign for Hoops ‘in a Hearbeat’

KRIS COMMONS insists his former team-mate Fraser Forster would sign a permanent deal at Celtic “in a heartbeat”.

67HailHail · Dec 16, 2019

Sky Sports pundit claims Celtic are hopeful of securing transfer that would ‘send shockwaves’

Former Celtic star and current Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons claims that the Hoops are hopeful they can secure the permanent signing of Fraser Forster from Southampton, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (16/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

67HailHail · Dec 9, 2019

‘It’s wrong’ – Kris Commons thinks written off Celtic man can still make comeback

Pundit Kris Commons thinks it’s too soon to suggest that Leigh Griffiths is on his way out of Celtic this January, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (09/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 9)...

67HailHail · Dec 9, 2019

Sky Sports pundit thinks Celtic win will leave one Rangers star haunted for months

Former Hoops favourite Kris Commons believes Celtic’s glorious League Cup final victory over Rangers will leave Alfredo Morelos feeling haunted for months, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (09/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 9).

Celts Are Here · Dec 7, 2019

Boyd Spews More Drivel Aimed At Lennon & McGregor This Time

It truly is a crying shame that Sky Sports will take over from BT Sports next season, it actually causes dread.

67HailHail · Dec 2, 2019

‘He has tormented Rangers’ – Sky Sports pundit thinks Celtic man is better than Ibrox equivalent

Former Celtic star Kris Commons has backed Odsonne Edouard in a comparison with Alfredo Morelos, believing that the Frenchman is a ‘more rounded player’ than the Colombian, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (02/12 print edition, Verdict supplement page 16)...

Scotzine · Nov 8, 2019

Back Page Bulletin: Ex-Scots Star Hails Celtic and Gers, Hibs in Ross Talks, Hearts Miss Out

FORMER Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has hailed the European exploits of his old team AND Rangers.

BBC · Nov 8, 2019

‘Real statement for Scottish football’ – Commons hails Celtic and Rangers results

Celtic and Rangers beating “European giants” shows “Scottish football is back”, according to former Scotland midfielder Kris Commons...

Read Celtic · Nov 6, 2019

Ex-Celtic star suggests January exit for top earner will be a huge boost for the Hoops’ summer plans

Kris Commons believes a potential January exit for Scott Sinclair could be a big boost for Celtic’s chances of landing Mohamed Elyounoussi on a permanent basis in the summer...

67HailHail · Nov 5, 2019

Commons says Celtic star’s £30k-a-week wage should be reinvested in move for big talent

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons thinks a January exit for Scott Sinclair should pave the way for the club to make a blockbuster move for Mohamed Elyounoussi, writing in his Scottish Daily Mail column (04/11 print edition, The Verdict supplement page 16)...

Soccerlens · Nov 5, 2019

Commons names the Lennon signing who has been a ‘revelation’ for Celtic

originally posted on Former Celtic star turned popular football pundit Kris Commons has showered praise on Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Read Celtic · Nov 5, 2019

Celtic tipped to explore ‘multi-million market’ in the transfer window

Kris Commons believes Celtic can explore a “new market” in the transfer window following the success of Mohamed Elyounoussi, and he makes a good point...

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