There’s no doubting that Kris Commons is a fantastic player who on the whole has done a good job for Celtic, but his recent comments on Rangers could be construed as showing a lack of class.
There is a thin line between the confidence and the arrogance of winners, and Commons has tread fairly finely between the two with his comments which were published by the Daily Record.
No one would expect the Celtic midfielder to talk about his love for Rangers or hear him say how happy he is that Stuart McCall has started to turn them around, but for him to show such a lack of respect for his fellow professionals is disappointing from an experienced player.
To suggest Rangers need players “worthy” of challenging Celtic is perhaps a poor choice of word from the 31-year-old because the point he makes is a fair one. Rangers will require personnel changes in order to challenge for the title but to say the current crop isn’t worthy does hint at a sense of self-superiority from the midfielder and suggests he deems the Rangers player beneath him.
However, his comments regarding the introduction of Stuart McCall and that every team gets a boost from a new manager, is very belittling because it is clearly the work he has done and not him just being there that has brought about the change in fortunes for the Light Blues.
Having drawn the first two games, hard work and tactical changes were the catalyst for a change in form that has seen Rangers move up into second whilst pulling away from Hibernian.
If nothing else the views of Commons – whilst making him unpopular with Rangers fans – could spur the Light Blues on as they look towards the Scottish Premiership and reuniting the Old Firm.