By Tom Blackburn
Celtic have not included playmaker Kris Commons in their squad for the crucial Champions League play-off against Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
The 32-year-old has been a key player for Celtic in the last five years, scoring an impressive 89 goals and supplying 72 assists from 227 appearances for the club.
But Commons’ name was omitted from the squad list handed to Uefa, and which was uploaded on the governing body’s website on Tuesday morning.
Commons was out injured with a back problem while the rest of the squad were at a pre-season training camp in Slovenia, but was included in their previous two Champions League qualifiers against Lincoln Red Imps and Astana.
Last month Brendan Rodgers said Commons is not safe from being given the boot and the former Derby ace must adhere to the demands of the new regime to secure a starting spot.
“At the minute, Kris is injured,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record. “But for him or any other player, they have to be able to play how I want to work.
“They have to be able to run, to press. They have to be aggressive.”
The former Derby County playmaker isn’t renowned for his work rate off the ball, but Rodgers is suggesting that pressure on the ball at a high tempo is non-negotiable, which might not be to Commons’ liking.
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