Three Celtic stars who’ve proved a big point this season

A look at some of Celtic's biggest contributors this term.

Kris Commons

There were months of uncertainty when it came to Kris Commons’ Celtic future earlier this season.

The 31-year-old was far from a regular in Ronny Deila’s team - injuries and fitness playing their part in that - and Commons wasn’t the talisman he appeared to be last year.

The midfielder took the only approach possible in the Deila world, however, and turned his fortunes around through hard work and adaptability.

Despite not featuring so heavily this term, Commons is still Celtic’s third top scorer in the Premiership and Europa League, while his fitness has increased considerably. He isn’t perhaps as important as the next man on this list but he certainly has his value…

Stefan Johansen

For someone Deila described as having a ‘bad attitude’ at the age of 18, Stefan Johansen has proven himself nothing but a hard worker at Celtic.

The Norwegian transformed his personal reputation back at Stromsgodset, when he first worked with Deila. This season, however, Johansen has successfully taken on even more challenges.

Not only has the 24-year-old made a seamless transition into Scottish football, becoming one of Celtic’s players of the season, Johansen has also taken the responsibility of scoring goals from midfield upon himself. With three to his name in the Europa League and six in the Premiership, the Norwegian is the Bhoys’ joint-top scorer.

Jason Denayer

Celtic loaned two players from Manchester City this summer but, arguably, it is 19-year-old Jason Denayer who’s made the bigger impact.

Striker John Guidetti initially built up a great reputation with the Parkhead faithful and has demonstrated his talent on numerous occasions. But the Swede’s Celtic future is still undecided, while the Hoops have plenty of competition for places up front.

At the back, however, Denayer has demonstrated an unrivalled importance. Compared to Efe Ambrose, the teenager is Deila’s best bet at centre-back, with Ambrose doing well down the right lately, too. Celtic fans will no doubt hope the Belgian - and Manchester City - can be persuaded when it comes to keeping him in Glasgow next season.

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