For some reason, then Celtic manager Ronny Deila did not rate him highly enough, but Hay rates the ex-Nottingham Forest and Derby County attacking midfielder highly.
However, the former Celtic midfielder and manager does not think that Commons will be part of new manager Brendan Rodgers’s plans for the 2016-17 campaign.
“Six months ago if someone had asked me about whether or not Kris Commons had a future at Celtic, I would have answered ‘absolutely’,” Hay wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times. “But I am not entirely convinced that he is going to fit into the new regime under Brendan Rodgers.
“We all know what Kris brings to the table but he was in and out of the team last year and he is now struggling to get back to full fitness after some minor back surgery at the end of the season.
“I think he has been a fantastic player for Celtic but I am not entirely sure if he is going to fit into the plans of Rodgers, especially when we all know that there are going to be cuts to a squad that is very bloated.”
Commons has been linked with a move away from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic in the summer transfer window.
According to a recent report in The Scottish Sun, Championship club Rotherham United are interested in signing the Scotsman this summer.
It has been reported that new Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs wants to bring in Commons as one of eight new signings.
The former Hibernian manager played with the Scottish attacking midfielder at Championship club Derby County back in 2008.