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Commons: Miller told me to opt for Celtic

Ronnie Esplin

Published 29/01/2011 | 05:00

Kris Commons says Kenny Miller convinced him to move from Derby to Celtic
Kris Commons says Kenny Miller convinced him to move from Derby to Celtic

Kris Commons has revealed how former Rangers striker Kenny Miller convinced him to make the move to Celtic.

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The Scotland winger (27) was unveiled at Celtic Park yesterday following the confirmation of his move from Derby on a three-and-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £300,000.

Miller, himself a former Hoops striker, ended his second spell at Ibrox earlier in the month when he signed for Turkish club Bursaspor.

However, before he departed, Miller advised Commons to grab the opportunity to go to Parkhead. "I spoke to Kenny Miller and Stephen Pearson who had nothing but praise for the club," said Commons.

"Kenny picked up from what Stephen and Mick (Stephen) McManus, who used to be here as well, said and it was all positive, nothing was negative. They said I would love it up here and that you would be treated like a king.

"It is one of the clubs that most people don't have a bad word to say about. When you speak to players who haven't played here, they are itching to come up and the players that have had the opportunity to play here, when they do leave, wish they could go back.

"So I would go as far as to say it's a dream come true. The opportunity to play in front of 60,000 people week in, week out is magnificent for me.

"It's a young talented squad and hopefully I will enhance it and give me my best footballing years of my career."

Commons had been targeted by Rangers, who had agreed a fee with Derby, but the Ibrox club had reportedly failed to meet the player's wage demands of around £18,000, allowing their Old Firm rivals to step in.

However, the former Stoke player claimed there was never any chance of him choosing the Gers over Celtic.

Asked if he had spoken to Rangers, Commons, who will go straight in to the squad for today's League Cup semi-final tie with Aberdeen at Hampden, replied: "No. I think it was mainly talk from yourselves (media). There was no talk from our side.

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"The things that went in the press -- the wages, the money -- was all nonsense. Once I knew of Celtic's interest, it was an easy decision for me. I would have chosen Celtic, no matter what."

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is a former Nottingham Forest team-mate of Commons and had to correct his new signing when he initially referred to him as Lenny. The Northern Irishman clarified their relationship while saying he was excited about the latest recruit to his squad.

"It's a player-manager situation," said Lennon. "I'm quite detached from my players anyway and Kris knows that. I haven't brought him in because he's my mate.

"I brought him here because he is a very good player who will hopefully get better with us.

"He's intelligent, grounded and hungry and hopefully this is the platform for us to take his career on. What he will do is improve us and influence the team and squad on and off the field.

"He will provide a goal threat from the wider areas or deeper-lying areas behind the striker. He is in contention for tomorrow."

Lennon is still looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes but ruled out a move for Newcastle defender Sol Campbell and might have to wait until next summer before landing Kelvin Wilson.

The Nottingham Forest defender has signed a pre-contract at the Parkhead club but Lennon has been trying to bring him up earlier, only to be thwarted by a disagreement over a fee.

The former Celtic skipper said: "A defender has been a priority for some time and we have had a few knockbacks and a few disappointments but we will keep looking.

"You never say never (about Wilson) but the longer time goes on, the less likely that is looking like it will become a reality. There has been no contact with Newcastle (about Sol Campbell)."

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