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Kris Commons focused on return to Celtic form

The forward wants to break back into the Scotland setup but is well aware he needs to up his game.

Kris Commons' last appearance for Scotland came in the friendly defeat to Brazil in March.
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Kris Commons says forcing his way back into the reckoning at Celtic takes priority over being included again in the national setup.

The forward has struggled to pin down a regular place in Neil Lennon’s team this term, with injury and suspension limiting his appearances to just 10 games so far.

Commons re-entered the reckoning at Celtic Park prior to the international break but spent the period away from Craig Levein’s Scotland side, having been left out of the squad.

“I need to concentrate on my game at Celtic,” he told the* Celtic View*. “I have spoken with Craig and he’s is not going to hand out call-ups and caps just for the sake of it.

“While I have been injured, I’ve not been involved in many games over the last four weeks so it’s just important for me to stay fit, keep getting fitter and hopefully if I start producing the football I did last year, I can force my way back into the squad.

“But that’s the last thing on my mind at the minute. I just want to get back into the Celtic starting XI at the minute and produce the football I’m capable off.”

Commons last turned out for Scotland in March’s friendly defeat to Brazil and nine caps, scoring against Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland.

A January signing from Derby County, his Celtic career got off to a flyer as he netted 14 times in 21 appearances towards the end of the 2010/11 season.

Commons though has failed to make a similar impact so far this campaign, failing to score in any of his 10 outings.

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