Deila must build his team around this Celtic star, says Sky Sports pundit

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Andy Walker says that Ronny Deila must start building his team around Kris Commons at Celtic.

Former Celtic player Andy Walker has called for Ronny Deila to make an exception to his fitness regime rules and start playing Kris Commons.

Commons has had less of a pivotal role since Deila has arrived at the club, because he does not fit in with Norweigian's fitness guidelines, but Walker thinks he is only hurting his own chances by not building the side around the 31-year-old out.

Commons was Celtic's star-turn last campaign, but has had to take a back-seat for the opening of this one and Walker is firmly against Deila's management of the former Derby County man. 

“This is a new manager who has come in and made controversial decisions. Leaving out the likes of Scott Brown, his captain, and maybe more importantly, Kris Commons – Scotland’s Player of the Year last year with 30 goals," he wrote in his Sky Sports column. 

“I think his percentage of body fat is too high and Ronny Deila talks about this fitness regime that he wants to bring in to try and compete with the best teams in Europe.

"That’s all very well but I think you take it one step at a time and until you get someone who is fitter, stronger and faster than Kris Commons, I think you play him."

Commons was expected to play a vital part in Delia's team so far, but instead he has had to make do with a supporting role during his side's rather disappointing start.

After dropping out of the Champions League they have also slipped behind the early leaders in the Scottish Premiership, meaning they have ground to make up.

It has put the Bhoys under increased pressure and they will looking to relieve some it with their upcoming games in the next few days.

Celtic take on Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League tonight, before facing off against Motherwall in league action on Saturday and Walker will be hoping that Commons plays a more central role in these fixtures. 

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