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Celtic pulled an Old Firm blinder with Kris Commons transfer swoop

Celtic have managed to beat their Old Firm rivals on two occasions this season in the Premiership and now look likely to take the league title away from them as well.

Looking back down the years, it’s not just on the pitch that the Hoops have gotten one over on their Glasgow enemies.

In terms of previous transfer deals, one player who was on Rangers’ radar before eventually making the move to Parkhead is Kris Commons.

Before joining the Bhoys from Derby County back in January 2011, the midfielder was being eyed up by the Ibrox outfit.

Speaking about the player and the club’s interest in him at that time, the late Walter Smith said: “He’s someone we would be interested in trying to get. We have made an enquiry and we are in talks with Derby to see what the situation is with him.”

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As it turned out, this enquiry from Rangers didn’t equate to much, as the Scotsman eventually ended up in a Celtic shirt after the Bhoys splashed out £300k for his services.

During his time with the Hoops, the midfielder racked up a total of 227 appearances across all competitions. In that time, the 38-year-old delivered 161 goal contributions in total, with 89 goals scored 72 assists provided before leaving in the summer of 2017 and retiring a year later.

To further highlight how much of an attacking threat he was for the Parkhead club, Commons had 206 shots on target over six Premiership seasons. This shows just how much of a danger he was for opposition goalkeepers who would have been glad to see the back of him when he left Celtic.

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Back in 2013, former Hoops manager Neil Lennon couldn’t help but share his praise for the midfielder after a particularly hot run of form.

He said: “Kris is wonderful and he is in wonderful form. Commons has been huge for me in the past couple of years.”

Taking all this into account, it’s safe to say that Celtic played a blinder over their Old Firm rivals by securing the former Hoops star’s signature when they did.

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