By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers admitted on Friday that Kris Commons is very unlikely to play in the final game of the Scottish Premiership season against Hearts at Parkhead on Sunday.
The Bhoys manager has already confirmed that the attacking midfielder will be leaving the Glasgow club at the end of the campaign when his contract expires and this means he might not be handed a final Parkhead farewell.
It will surely be a blow to the Celtic fans, who have grown fond of Commons for the vast amount of goals he has scored during his six-year spell in the famous green and white hoops.
The 33-year-old hasn’t played a single game during Rodgers’ reign and was sent out on an emergency loan to Championship winners Hibernian during the festive period.
He returned to Parkhead in early 2017 but Rodgers has revealed that his absence from every single training session since will mean he is a huge doubt for the Hearts clash.
“Kris hasn’t trained with us since January so highly unlikely fit to play,” said the former Liverpool and Swansea boss in a pre-match press conference on Friday, as quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter page.
???? BR on Kris Commons' availability: "Kris hasn’t trained with us since January so highly unlikely fit to play."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) May 19, 2017
Commons, who signed from Derby in 2011, has made 227 appearances for the Bhoys and has posed a huge attacking threat in his time there, scoring 89 goals and supplying 72 assists.
Moussa Dembele is also expected to miss the clash having been out of action since last month.
The Frenchman has admitted that he is worried about missing the Scottish Cup final clash with Aberdeen on 27 May where the Bhoys can round off an unbeaten domestic campaign and the treble.
In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon has said when he thinks Rangers will overhaul the Bhoys.