Davie Hay: Roving role for Celtic was key to Kris being No.1

I was absolutely delighted to see Kris Commons crowned the PFA Scotland's SPFL Premiership Player of the Year.

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Top Bhoy...Kris Commons capped a brilliant season by being named PFA Premiership Player of the Year
Top Bhoy...Kris Commons capped a brilliant season by being named PFA Premiership Player of the Year

He has been a stick-on for the award for a long time now, and the only thing that could have robbed him of it would have been an untimely injury.

By any standards Kris has had a fantastic season and there remains the prospect that he could yet reach the 30- goal milestone for the campaign, which would be a fantastic achievement.

The main thing for Celtic fans is that Kris is going nowhere this summer - despite an abundance of admirers.

He will be back in the new term to play a key part in the club's assault on the Champions League.

There are a few specific reasons for Kris's success this season.

First up, his floating role has helped get the most out of him.

Kris's ability to link play with those in front of him has been invaluable to Celtic, while it has in no way compromised his ability to finish.

Indeed, if anything, it seems to have made Kris even more prolific.

Secondly, his decision to call time on his Scotland career is one of those choices which is completely down to the individual.

In my day, I firmly believed that when I played for Scotland it gave me more confidence and belief in what I was doing.

Pulling on a dark blue shirt against some of the top names in Europe and the world, particularly in the 1974 World Cup finals in Germany, made me feel 10 feet tall and I also loved the camaraderie of the Scotland set-up back in these days.

But clearly Kris has had his reasons for walking away from the international game and, when you look at the season he has just had, who can argue with them?

Kris is clearly a player who has a very strong will and, if you look back at his contribution for Celtic since he arrived back in 2011, then his fee of £800,000 represents fantastic value for the club.

Over the course of the second half of that season - after his arrival in the January window - he scored 15 goals.

His second season may have been a quiet one, but he came back with a vengeance last time around with 19 goals and now, as I said, the magical 30-goal barrier is in sight.

Although I mention the goals that Kris has scored for Celtic, there is so much more to his game and that brings me back to the floating role that has helped Commons fulfil his potential.

But the great thing for Celtic is that, at 30, they have a player who is now operating at the peak of his powers and one who has garnered a fair bit of Champions League experience.

Commons is clearly relishing the prospect of a renewed assault on European football's greatest club tournament once again.

A model professional by any standards and a devoted family man, there can be no doubt that Kris Commons is very good value for his award and I fully expect him to claim the double when the Scottish Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award is announced on Sunday week.

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