Kris Commons

Kris Commons was born in Nottingham on 30 August 1983 (age 37). 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.

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“Entirely self-inflicted’ – Maligned Celtic critic launches scathing Dubai attack with ‘Usain Bolt’ verdict

Transfer Tavern · Jan 11

Report: Celtic could lose ‘peerless’ Parkhead man in January on one condition

The Scotsman · Jan 11

Kris Commons: ‘If I was a Hibs player, I would not be going near Celtic Park tonight’

‘The problem for far too long’ – Former Celtic star slams the board’s ‘shambolic’ actions

Celtic must NOT spend big in January as league title race is over after Rangers loss, says Kris Commons

Evening Times · Jan 4

Celtic must NOT spend big in January as league title race is over after Rangers loss, says Kris Commons

67HailHail · Dec 28, 2020

Celtic vs Rangers: Kris Commons reckons bold and exciting Lennon decision is ‘a certainty’

The Celtic Star · Dec 28, 2020

Ex-player makes selection prediction ahead of Glasgow Derby

Indy Celts · Dec 28, 2020

Kris Commons wishes aloud for Sevco win

Celts Are Here · Dec 28, 2020

Pundit Lays Out Celtic Team for Glasgow Derby: Soro to Miss Out

The Celtic Star · Dec 28, 2020

Kris Commons Feels Gerrard Will Want To Rub Celtic’s Nose In it, Whilst He Urges Former Team To Go All Guns Blazing

Evening Times · Dec 28, 2020

Steven Gerrard will want to kill off Celtic with dominant Ibrox win and ‘rub their nose in it’, says Commons

Herald Scotland · Dec 28, 2020

Steven Gerrard will want to kill off Celtic with dominant Ibrox win and ‘rub their nose in it’, says Commons

Glasgow Live · Dec 28, 2020

Kris Commons insists Edouard and Griffiths need to start at Ibrox

VideoCelts · Dec 28, 2020

Kris Commons makes surprise Scott Brown call

Daily Record · Dec 28, 2020

Kris Commons believes Steven Gerrard will ‘rub Celtic’s nose in it’

The Celtic Star · Dec 21, 2020

Ex-Celt says Naismith lucky to avoid red card after Scott Brown stamp

Daily Record · Dec 21, 2020

Pundits react to Celtic cup win including Barry Ferguson and Kris Commons

HITC · Dec 21, 2020

‘Nasty streak’: Former Celtic star Kris Commons says Stevie Naismith should have been sent off at Hampden

Celtic Quick News · Dec 21, 2020

Seeing Red? Hearts Star ‘Extremely Fortunate’

Daily Record · Dec 21, 2020

Steven Naismith blasted over Celtic battle as Kris Commons brands him nasty

VideoCelts · Dec 10, 2020

Watch Kris Commons deliver incredible Lawwell attack over transfer failings

HITC · Dec 8, 2020

Former Ibrox star thinks Kris Commons wrong about Rangers v Celtic title race

Celtic Huddle Podcast · Dec 8, 2020

The Celtic Huddle in association with 1st Star LIVE at 12

Celtic Quick News · Dec 7, 2020

‘Scandalous Neglect’: Ex-Celt Slams Club Recruitment

The Celtic Star · Dec 7, 2020

Celtic’s DIY Director of Football and a “Culpable” Board “Asleep at the Wheel”

Celts Are Here · Dec 7, 2020

‘Scandalous Neglect’ Pundit Delivers Home Truths to the Celtic Board

Herald Scotland · Nov 30, 2020

Celtic fans who daubed graffiti outside Kieran Tierney’s home same type to abuse Lennon out protests, says Commons

Evening Times · Nov 30, 2020

Celtic fans who daubed graffiti outside Kieran Tierney’s home same type to abuse Lennon out protests, says Commons

Celts Are Here · Nov 30, 2020

Pundit Claims ‘Dangerously Unhealthy’ Celtic Obsession

Daily Record · Nov 30, 2020

Kris Commons slaughters ‘best fans in the world’ after Celtic protest

Glasgow Live · Nov 30, 2020

Kris Commons hits out as ‘moronic’ Celtic fans but makes Neil Lennon admission

Irish Daily Mirror · Nov 27, 2020

Kris Commons rubbishes Roy Keane rumour and insists Neil Lennon can save Celtic

The Celtic Star · Nov 27, 2020

“Unwarranted,” Green Brigade under fire for banner stunt: “Quick to forget everything that Neil has done for the club”

Herald Scotland · Nov 27, 2020

Celtic have to stick with Neil Lennon as he’s a ‘born winner’, insists Kris Commons

Evening Times · Nov 27, 2020

Celtic have to stick with Neil Lennon as he’s a ‘born winner’, insists Kris Commons

Celts Are Here · Nov 27, 2020

Kris Commons Incredible Lennon Verdict; Pundit Blame Game

Daily Record · Nov 27, 2020

Kris Commons rubbishes Roy Keane rumour and insists Neil Lennon can save Celtic

HITC · Nov 27, 2020

Kris Commons has just sent a message to Celtic board about Neil Lennon’s future

The Celtic Blog · Nov 23, 2020

Kris Commons’ Attack On Celtic’s Players Shows An Astonishing Lack Of Self-Awareness.

The Celtic Star · Nov 23, 2020

“You can’t just down tools and spit the dummy,” Commons on Celtic’s “Bad Apples” – Takes One to Know One

Celtic Quick News · Nov 23, 2020

‘Don’t Look Interested,’ Ex-Celt Blasts Players

Celts Are Here · Nov 23, 2020

Kris Commons in Celtic Dressing Room Rant

Glasgow Live · Nov 23, 2020

Celtic morning headlines as Kris Commons makes ‘bad apples’ claim

VideoCelts · Nov 23, 2020

Kris Commons warning on the worst thing that a manager can say

Daily Record · Nov 23, 2020

Kris Commons claims Celtic has some players who don’t care about a tenth title

Celtic Now And Forever · Nov 16, 2020

Pundit In Bizarre Rant Aimed At Former Celtic Manager!

Celts Are Here · Nov 16, 2020

Kris Commons Takes Sly Dig at Ronny Deila

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