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Kris Commons retires from international football

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Pic: Brian Doyle | Scotzine.com

Pic: Brian Doyle | Scotzine.com

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has announced that he has quit international football to ‘concentrate on his family and on club football’.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Commons said: “I have enjoyed my time immensely with the Scotland team and it was a very proud moment every time I pulled on the Scotland shirt. I will always, of course, be a Scotland supporter.

“I have thought about this decision for some time. At this stage of my career I just want to give Celtic my 100 per cent commitment and ensure I can prolong my club career as long as possible.

“I also want to give my young family more attention, something I have not been able to do for some time.”

Earlier in the day, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan had claimed that Commons had been excused from Scotland duty to give him a rest ahead of an early start to the new season.

Commons added: “Neil Lennon had spoken to Gordon in person a while back and I was really pleased to speak to Gordon today. I am on very good terms with him and I wish him and the Scotland team all the very best for the future. I am sure Gordon will do a great job.”

The 29-year-old played an integral part in Celtic securing their second successive SPL title, making 48 appearance and scoring 19 goals. It was his penalty back on the 5th December against Spartak Moscow that sent Celtic through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Strachan commented: “I spoke to Kris tonight and understand his family considerations. I wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Commons won 12 caps and scored two goals for the Scotland national side. His last game for Scotland came in the 1-0 win over Estonia in February.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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