By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that playmaker Kris Commons was told in the summer he could leave Celtic Park.
The 33-year-old has failed to feature for the 47-time Scottish champions under Rodgers, with the likes of Tom Rogic, Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor all considered ahead of him in the pecking order.
Former Liverpool and Swansea manager Rodgers revealed Commons was told he could leave in the summer, just days after moving north to take over from former boss Ronny Deila.
“I spoke to Kris in the first week I was here,” Rodgers told the Scottish Herald. “I said to all the players in the summer – to every player where there was maybe a doubt that they were going to play – about [moving on].
“But it’s hard to leave a club like Celtic, especially if you’re enjoying training and enjoying the work, and enjoying how everything’s going.”
Celtic’s number 15 could be set to move on in January with first-team football seemingly unlikely to happen in Glasgow.
The attacking midfielder has been with the Hoops since January 2011, after moving for a bargain fee of around £500,000 from Derby County.
Commons, who has 12 caps for Scotland, has scored an impressive 89 league and cup goals in 227 appearances for Celtic.
Commons’ best season in the green and white of Celtic came during the 2013-14 campaign, when he scored 31 goals in 46 games.
However, Commons’ future at Celtic has been plunged into serious doubt after Rodgers’ comments, with the player potentially looking for an escape route.
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