KRIS COMMONS has suggested that a sensational Celtic return could be on the cards, if he decides to hang up his boots.

The former fan-favourite has outlined his desire to return to Celtic Park in a coaching capacity after achieving his UEFA B Licence.

The 33-year-old left Celtic at the end of his contract in the summer after 6 and a half years in Glasgow, in which time he made 226 appearances and scored 91 goals. 

‘On leaving Celtic I got every one of the training sessions that Brendan ever did and put it in a big folder. I added all the match analysis, the pre-match briefing notes. The analysis was as specific for Clyde as it was for Barcelona.

“I would be sitting up late at night drawing up a training session, tinkering with it and then thinking: “That’s the finished article, that’s dynamite. Everybody is going to love that. I am going to be the next Mourinho”.

‘I would be thinking that if it was a film script then it’s like Saving Private Ryan. Then you get to the training ground and it goes to pot, more like Dad’s Army than Private Ryan. Seeing how Brendan does it is humbling. He made me think how far I am from being able to think about being a coach.’

Celtic have become the club closest to Commons’ heart and given his intention to continue living Glasgow, the Mansfield-born midfielder would be a possible candidate for any future posts at Lennoxtown.

Brendan Rodgers toasted him off in May by saying he was a ‘model professional’ and ‘inspirational to the youngsters’, therefore making him similar to Shaun Maloney, who became a member of the U20s coaching staff last week. 

‘I am grateful to the people who signed me, who kept me here, and embraced me, my family, my kids.’

Commons reaffirmed his gratitude towards Lennon, who signed him in January 2011, by stating that he is working his way back to fitness and will then decide if he wishes to make a return to the professional game. 

‘I am starting to run in the gym and hopefully I can quickly making a progression to running outside and then maybe getting the boots back on. I want to play football again and Neil wants me to come and play. I do not want to do it just for the sake of it, I want to do it because I love it.’


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