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The one that got away: Kris Commons and Rangers

This article forms part of our The Ones That Got Away feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern take a look back at players linked with moves in the past, and see how they would have made an impact had they signed for the interested side.

Rangers have been searching for Scottish Premiership title number 55 for almost a decade and this season, Steven Gerrard’s men appear to be within a shout of finally bringing it home to Ibrox after so long.

Of course, the club’s financial problems and resulting liquidation played a huge role in why the Gers have had to wait so long to achieve that huge feat, although it appears the Light Blues may be able to put all those nightmares to the back of their memories and firmly in the past.

However, if they did not have those money issues, perhaps, the Gers would have been able to pip Old Firm rivals Celtic to the title on more than one occasion and be on their way to 60?

Of course, it would be impossible to ever know just how well Rangers would have done in the years they were away from the top-flight, but they could have had a player in their ranks that made that particular situation a rather realistic scenario at the time.

One that got away – Kris Commons and Rangers

Clearly, Kris Commons is not a name that is likely going to go down too well with the Ibrox faithful as he turned out for Celtic, but it could have been a completely different story.

According to a report by The Guardian, Rangers failed to meet the personal terms of the Scottish midfielder – which were believed to be around £20,000-a-week – despite having been close to agreeing a £500,000 deal with Derby County in 2011.

Indeed, Celtic snuck in and stole the then-27-year-old from under the noses of their rivals and certainly reaped the benefits a player of his quality could bring to the side.

During his time at Celtic Park, Commons managed to make himself a huge threat in front of goal for the Bhoys and became a rather lethal finisher in front of goal.

In the 227 matches he played for the Hoops, he managed to finish with 89 goals and 72 assists (Transfermarkt) and guide Celtic to five Scottish Premiership titles, although, admittedly, Rangers were not in the league for the majority of those.

When looking at his first season in the top-flight, he showed evidence that he could have been a real handful and an extremely useful weapon if the Bears were able to get him through the door.

He made 24 appearances in the Scottish Premiership in 2011/12 and although he only managed one goal himself, he carved open defences with ease as he laid on 12 assists for his team-mates (Transfermarkt).

Of course, with the financial problems continuing to mount at Rangers at the time, it may have been unlikely that Commons would have stuck around for too long, however with figures as mentioned, perhaps he would have given those at Ibrox number 55 a fair few years ago.

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The one that got away: Kris Commons and Rangers
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