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COMMONS POISED FOR EMOTIONAL FAREWELL

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BRENDAN RODGERS will give Kris Commons the opportunity to bid an emotional farewell to the Celtic support.

The fans’ favourite has not kicked a ball for the Hoops since the Irishman succeeded Ronny Deila in the summer.

But, providing he can prove his fitness, Commons, 33, will almost certainly feature at some stage between now and the final Premiership game against Hearts on May 21.

After six years at Parkhead following his £300,000 arrival from Derby, Rodgers feels the midfielder has earned the right to be given a proper send off.

The Parkhead gaffer said: “He’s not fit. He just has to wait and see the response to the issues he’s had with his back.

“The most important thing for him at the minute is getting fit. He was outside doing some jogging this week so we’ll see how it goes.

“Yes, I’m sentimental — but not over-sentimental. We’ll just wait and see.

“My job is to win games and we’re obviously looking to the future now, so there will be different players who’ll play over the next number of games.

“You have to respect someone who’s played the game he has here. He had a great impact.

“Unfortunately, this season the team has taken on a different dynamic. But we’ve always talked openly and well.

“He’s a good guy, I like him, and when he finishes playing he probably has a career in coaching.

“He’s been a fantastic servant for Celtic, so he’ll go with my respect.”

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