Football really is a funny old game and you won’t have to tell Kris Commons that! The midfielder has went from player of the year for Neil Lennon to bit part after thought by current boss Ronny Deila.
Now if Celtic were playing and winning convincingly every week then the fans would also treat him as an after thought of the bigger picture – remembering the good times he had but accepting it maybe time for him to move on. Unfortunately Celtic aren’t winning week in and week out convincingly so there are thousands of fans clamouring to ask Ronny the question: “Why are you not playing our last seasons top scorer?”.
Personally I think we are at a crucial point in the season, games coming thick and fast and Celtic need wise heads as well as young legs in their team. Kris Commons IS that wise head and not just that, he is a genuine threat in the final third if allowed to be.
He is a man who can make something out of nothing, we’ve seen it on more than one occasion. It puzzles me why when service to our main striker Guidetti isn’t up to scratch that he doesn’t play Kris behind him. For the last while when Kris Commons does get on the field, John Guidetti is heading off it. Play these two guys together and you could have a potent partnership for the rest of this season in my opinion.
Sadly when I look at Kris I see a dejected and frustrated player not happy at being treated like a second class citezin. Ronny does not want to put his trust in the former Scottish international and the writing seems on the wall now.
With Kris coming into the last 6 months of his Celtic contract and Neil Lennon very keen to take the player down south to Bolton to spear his playoff charge, I think the midfielder and Celtic are about to part ways.
When you have no proper re-sale value and you’re getting into the latter stages of your career the Celtic board are very cagey at handing out new contracts, sometimes rightly so, other times they don’t see the bigger picture.
Commons has proven himself to be a fantastic servant for the football club on the pitch and off it. I will be very sad to see him go in January for a nominal fee but I just don’t see any way back from the situation.
If he goes we wish him all the best, if by some miraculous intervention he signs a new deal or he even stays for the last 6 months of his deal then I will be more than happy. The lad has more to offer the squad than just his footballing skills.