Sunday 23 October 2016

Kris Commons wants to wrap up title early to focus Celtic on European tilt

Celtic's Kris Commons (15) celebrates his goal
Celtic's Kris Commons (15) celebrates his goal

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons wants the Scottish Premiership title wrapped up as soon as possible to start preparing for the Champions League next season.

The Hoops will win their fourth successive championship with three games remaining if they beat Dundee at Parkhead tonight and Aberdeen fail to beat Dundee United tomorrow.

Once again the champions of Scotland will begin their Champions League qualifiers in the middle of July, only a month after another round of 2016 Euro qualifiers in which several Celtic players, including Scotland captain Scott Brown and keeper Craig Gordon, are sure to be involved.

Commons, who gave up his Scotland career in May 2103 to concentrate on his family and club football, is hoping an early title win will allow manager Ronny Deila to give an extended rest to some of his senior players in lieu of a short close season.

“For us it is about getting it done and dusted, the sooner the better, and hopefully the manager might start making a few changes to give some senior players a bit of a rest,” said the 31-year-old. “Everyone knows our biggest games of the season come short and sharp around July time so it is important for them to get the feet up.

“Everyone thinks in the off-season you get the feet up to go away with your family and recharge the batteries. For us, we get three weeks off and are back in the swing of things.

“The Champions League group stages is a requirement spoken about every pre-season. But it is not as if we have two or three games to get going, we have to be pretty much on the money from the word go.

“As far as the international players go, they will just keep themselves ticking over and realise if we do get through to the Champions League group stages they may be able to get a bit of a break during the season.”

Meanwhile, Celtic striker John Guidetti has been found guilty and censured for singing an ‘’offensive’’ song about the demise of traditional rivals Rangers.

The 22-year Manchester City loanee was issued with a notice of complaint last month after appearing on  Dutch TV. After a delayed appearance before the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary panel at Hampden, Guidetti “was found in breach and censured.”

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