By Will Butcher
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has delivered a warning to star player Kris Commons – be aggressive or face the axe.
Commons is currently out injured with a back problem while the rest of the squad are at a training camp in Slovenia.
The Daily Record reported that Commons is ready and willing to fight for his place, but Rodgers might not even allow him to do that.
The 32-year-old has been the heartbeat of Celtic’s attacking prowess in recent years and has always had an eye for goal, racking up 91 goals himself in six years, as well as scoring 24 goals in three seasons with Derby.
Rodgers has said that no player is safe from being given the boot, and to stay they must all adhere to Rodgers’ demands.
“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.
The 43-year-old added: “Any player has to find that common idea and be in a team which will have one brain. A collective.
“The possibility is open to every player. But at this moment, Kris is just worrying about getting fit. Then we’ll see where he’s at.”
In other Celtic news, Rodgers is keen to reunite himself with this star-studded defender.