Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is hoping to get the nod for Saturday´s Scottish Cup final against Motherwell after missing last Sunday´s game due to suspension. Commons was sent off for the first time in his career in the previous game at Hearts, but has set his sights on a place in Neil Lennon´s starting XI at Hampden Park.
“I have just been training the same way as I always do,” he told the Celtic View. “I want to stake a claim for the final so it’s important that I train as well as I can so I get myself back in the side.
“We have had a lot of competition for places in recent weeks and we have a versatile squad. The more choices the manager has the more competitive we have to be to stay in the side.”
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Juarez could leave in summer.
Efrain Juarez´s agent has admitted his client may have to leave Parkhead in the summer after what has been a disappointing debut season, reports Sky Sports News.
The Mexican international has struggled to force his way into manager Neil Lennon´s plans this season and has made just five league starts, the last at Aberdeen back in February, and his agent Jorge Belanga describes the situation as “not ideal”.
“The situation with Efraim is not ideal and there could be some transfer activity over the coming months,” said Belanga. “Our concern is continuing his development as a player and we need to decide where the best club is for him to do that.
“The transfer market lasts until August 31, so we will see what options he has. Efraim feels fine physically and has adapted to the country, but he needs games.”
No Celtic interest in Goodwillie.
According to the Glasgow Evening Times Celtic will not be making a move for Dundee United striker David Goodwillie.
The Hoops had been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, who has been in sparkling form this season after netting 17 times in the SPL to earn all the country´s Young Player of the Year awards.
Goodwillie has been a target for cross-city rivals Rangers for some time but Neil Lennon has not included the highly-rated youngster on his summer shopping list. Instead he will pursue his interest in Reading´s Shane Long, who is valued at £4m and Cardiff City´s Jay Bothroyd.
Bothroyd’s former team-mate Joe Ledley has been a key man for Lennon this season and another Cardiff player, Adam Matthews, has signed a pre-contract agreement to move to Parkhead in the summer.