Kris Commons has revealed his ambition to prove he remains a key figure for Celtic by becoming Scotland’s Player of the Year for a second time.
The midfielder won the award two seasons ago but is determined that will not prove to be the high point of his career with the Scottish champions.
Injury curtailed Commons’ start to this season but the 32-year-old has reclaimed his place in Ronny Deila’s starting line-up and shone in their 2-2 draw away to Ajax in the Europa League two weeks ago.
“I don’t like sitting on the bench,” said the 32-year-old. “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. But if I am fit and healthy then I have a lot to offer the team and I want to play in every game. I think people think that when you get to this sort of age you start to step back, and think about coaching roles and youth development roles But that’s not on my agenda. I still want to be not only 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 I want to get back to that standard.”