Celtic midfielder rejects loan move ahead of new season

Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons will not be joining Hibernian on loan this summer, according to the Daily Record.

New Hibs manager Neil Lennon was hopeful of bringing his former player to Easter Road but the 32-year-old wants to stay at the Scottish champions and prove himself under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Commons is currently recovering from back surgery but is nearing full fitness and will return to training next week.

But the player only has one year left on his contract and the Hoops may want to sell him to prevent him from leaving for nothing next summer.

Rodgers is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding Commons’ future and says he wants to assess the player in training and see if the midfielder can match his style of play before making a decision: “At the minute Kris is injured.

“For Kris or any player they have 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.”.”

Commons fell out with previous boss Ronny Deila and only made 21 appearances in the league last season, scoring four goals.

He will need to catch up quickly with his team mates who are impressing Brendan Rodgers in pre-season training. Players such as Scott Allan and Ryan Christie, who were also non-regulars under Deila, have already made an impression under the new management.