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COMMONS’ CHALLENGE, ALLAN STAYS AND WILL PLAY, TOURE LIKELY

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BRENDAN RODGERS has detailed the challenge that faces Kris Commons as he continues to reshape his Celtic squad.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who has had his hair cropped over the summer, endured a frustrating two years during Ronny Deila’s reign after being a key man in Neil Lennon’s set-up.
Rodgers said: “Kris, or any player for that matter, has to be able to play how I want to work.
“They have to be able to run. They have to be able to press. They have to be aggressive. They have to be able to touch and get up to people.YmMhQldOLaDdShKzdYaSynXN4lbOgqaLErXg0tNK-Qs

“Celtic are, of course, used to having the ball, but you have to get it back, as well. Any player has to find that common idea and be in a team which will have one brain in the team. A collective.

“The possibility is open to every player. But at this moment in time, Kris is injured so he is just worrying about getting fit – then we will see where he is at.”

In a similar situation is Gary Mackay-Steven, who failed to make the trip to Slovenia because of injury.

And some of the players Rodgers has had the chance to look at, have already been told they can go.

Others have been identified as suitable subjects to be sent out on loan. Scott Allan, who was wanted on loan by ex-Hoops skipper Gary Caldwell at Wigan, is NOT one of them.

Rodgers said emphatically: “Scott will definitely stay. I really like what I’ve seen with him. It’s trying to give him good tactical understanding of the game. He is mobile, he can run and he can press. Hopefully, this can be a good season for him.”176701645-475514

The Parkhead gaffer also confirmed his desire to bring former £14million man Kolo Toure to the five-in-a-row champions.

He said: “We will see with Kolo. He is a fantastic guy, who was brilliant for me at Liverpool. I brought him in as a cover player and he never let the team down.

“He was an African Nations’ winner and definitely a big-game player. We played away in Real Madrid and he was Man of the Match. He was also fantastic in the Europa League Final.

“He played for Manchester City and, going back, was one of Arsenal’s Invincibles playing more games in that team than anybody.

“Although he is 35 now, he is one of those guys who is super fit.”

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