KRIS COMMONS insists he is not satisfied merely being a bit-part player for Celtic and being brought into the team just for the big occasions.
The 32-year-old playmaker was a stand-out a fortnight ago as he set up both goals in the 2-2 draw against Ajax in Amsterdam in the opening Europa League tie.
And the former Scottish international wants to be involved from the start against Fenerbahce at Parkhead this evening as the European adventure continues.
Commons said: “I don’t like sitting on the bench. I don’t like watching my team play.

“I get paid to play football and I want to play. If I am not fit, then fine, I will hold my hands up._rTWcBgToR7X7JOeysVI3Yrlpcspvpp-yMyKtIhGI7M

“But if I am fit and healthy I have a lot to offer the team and I want to play in every game.

“People think that when you get to this sort of age you start to step back and think about coaching roles, but things like that are not on my agenda.

“I still want to be not only be Celtic’s top player, but still the big name in Scottish football.

“I won the Player of the Year a couple of years back and want to return to that standard. I want to be making an impact week in, week out and you can’t do that if you are in and out the team.

“It was a good feeling to start in Amsterdam and I tell the manager Ronny Deila I want to play three games a week.

“I want to play every single game. If I’m not able to do that then that’s when me and him have a discussion. But I want to play every game, score goals, create goals and be a big-time player for the manager.

“If there are certain things I need to work on that he is still not convinced about then I will do that.”

Commons was overlooked at the beginning of last season for the Champions League qualifiers before the boss called for him in the Europa League campaign.

He missed out again in Europe’s main competition for most of this term through injury. He added: “I came back from pre-season with a broken toe and had been out for eight weeks. I was trying to get fit, but didn’t have a full pre-season.

“We were straight into the Champions League, but I wasn’t fully fit and had problems with my footwear.

“I’ve had to wear bigger trainers and bigger boots because any pressure on my little toe has been killing me since I broke it. It could be sensitive for the next six months, but it doesn’t affect me in games.

“I am now in a much better place and to get the nod against Ajax in such a big match and play a part in both goals was a confidence boost for me and the manager, too.

“Am I a nuisance? You’d need to ask the manager. I’m not going to disrupt an atmosphere, but he knows if I am not in the team I’m not going to be happy.

“If we are winning, then great. But if you are watching us lose at Aberdeen and I don’t get the chance to get on it’s bitterly disappointing.

“I’ve had frustrations with all my managers. It’s not just Ronny. It was Neil Lennon, too. I’ve had issues with managers across my whole career. Managers see the game differently sometimes.5LZpJXv9U1s7GAtBETwcuKywXLzGUZ-TphvgOEinrrE

“I used to have arguments with Neil. He would want extra bits to my game.

“Every manager wants the complete player, which sometimes you don’t get from certain individuals.

“But the things Ronny wants me to do, and the things I work on, I think he’s been happy with from the chats we have had over the past couple of months.

“There are things every player needs to work on to stay in the team. Nothing has changed since I became a professional at 17. I am a winner and want to win games.

“I’m angry when I am not playing and when we lose I am even angrier. To be not playing and losing is the most frustrating.

“I put pressure on myself. If I’m not in the team I want to know why.

“Then when I get the chance I want to take it. I had the chance to go into the Ajax game and do something that will keep me in the team.

“I did okay and it’s kept me in the team.”

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