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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‘Break-Ups, Fall-Outs, All That Nonsense’: Lenny Answers Back – and Admits Hierarchy Support

VideoCelts · 11h

Called Out- Kris Commons named and shamed by Neil Lennon

Celts Are Here · Oct 27

Neil Lennon Brands Kris Commons ‘Ridiculous’ Over Comments

VideoCelts · Oct 27

Neil Lennon hits out at unacceptable Kris Commons

Glasgow Live · Oct 27

Neil Lennon fires back at Kris Commons over Shane Duffy ‘abuse’

Daily Record · Oct 27

Neil Lennon blasts Celtic ‘fake news’ as he hits back at Kris Commons

Celts Are Here · Oct 27

‘No Justification’ Neil Lennon Hits Back at Calls for Him to be Sacked

Kris Commons blasts Shane Duffy as he describes Irishman as ‘rank rotten’

Celts Are Here · Oct 26

Sacked by Next Week: Pundit Makes Bold Neil Lennon Prediction

Evening Times · Oct 26

Shane Duffy not on Efe Ambrose’s level and has been ‘rank rotten’ since joining Celtic, claims Commons

Herald Scotland · Oct 26

Shane Duffy not on Efe Ambrose’s level and has been ‘rank rotten’ since joining Celtic, claims Commons

Celts Are Here · Oct 26

‘Rank Rotten’: Kris Commons Turns His Attention to Celtic ‘Bomb Scare’

67HailHail · Oct 19

Kris Commons touches on Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic mole warning; Lennon must replicate private meeting

Evening Times · Oct 19

Kris Commons delivers brutal Klimala put down and slaughters Barkas after Celtic’s Rangers defeat

Ex-Hero Opens Fire on Shot-Shy Celts

Celts Are Here · Oct 19

Former Celt: The Brendan Rodgers Team Meeting Warning, History Repeating Itself

Celts Are Here · Oct 19

Pundit Blasts Celtic Trio in Epic Rant

Daily Record · Oct 19

Kris Commons offers brutal Celtic ‘lost identity’ verdict

The Celtic Star · Oct 13

Celtic v the Rangers – Worry not about what Charlie Nicholas or Kris Commons have got to say about Celtic

67HailHail · Oct 12

Keith Jackson & Kris Commons start Rangers hype early in derby week; it’s nothing Celtic haven’t risen above before

Former Celtic Star Makes Derby Prediction

Kris Commons talks about Celtic and there’s uproar yet again.

Evening Times · Oct 12

Kris Commons details Rangers’ advantage over Celtic in first derby of season at Parkhead

Celts Are Here · Oct 12

Former Celtic Star Makes Ominous Glasgow Derby Claim

Daily Record · Oct 12

Kris Commons sees Rangers derby advantage as he makes inner motivation claim

All is Not Forgiven – Kris Commons Leigh Griffiths Verdict

The Celt · Sep 30

Leading scorers in the 21st century

67HailHail · Sep 28

“So bitter”; Celtic fans slam Kris Commons remarks; launch defence of 3-5-2

The Celtic Star · Sep 28

Kris Commons Is Fast Proving Himself To Be No Friend Of Celtic

Herald Scotland · Sep 28

Rangers ace Ryan Kent has no chance of England call-up while playing at Ibrox, says ex-Celtic star

67HailHail · Sep 28

Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi answers Kris Commons back with two brilliant contributions

‘He’s been on the golf course too much’ – Exclusive: McAvennie mocks Commons after Celtic dig

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic told to sign defender after Kris Commons verdict

20 Minute Tims · Sep 22

20MT#225 – Big ‘Tic Energy

Sean McDon · Sep 21

Kris Commons: Once Upon A Tim

Kris Commons’ double standards exposed by new Celtic claims

The Celtic Star · Sep 21

Kris Commons Tells Celtic Fans Not To Pick On Taylor & Vent Frustrations At Elyounoussi

67HailHail · Sep 21

Celtic secure fifth consecutive league win; Kris Commons chooses to have dig at fans

Celts Are Here · Sep 21

Kris Commons Not Happy With Section of Celtic Support; Attacks Neil Lennon Signing

Celts Are Here · Sep 14

Kris Commons Makes Glasgow Derby ‘Carnage’ Claim

67HailHail · Sep 14

Kris Commons is at it again; believes Celtic would get preferential SPFL treatment

Indy Celts · Sep 14

Kris Commons latest anti-Celtic rant a scream of pain from a forgotten man

Evening Times · Sep 14

Kris Commons slaughters SPFL over St Mirren goalkeeper chaos and makes Celtic and Rangers ‘carnage’ claim

Daily Record · Sep 14

Kris Commons in Celtic and Rangers carnage claim as he blasts league bosses

Celts Are Here · Aug 31

‘Not Convinced’ – Pundit Unfairly Slams Celtic Player

Kris Commons continues to slam Celtic in public

The Celtic Blog · Aug 28

No Surprise As Kris Commons Delivers His Weekly Dose Of Ignorant Anti-Celtic Nonsense.

Daily Record · Aug 28

Kris Commons issues Celtic ‘quality’ warning

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