Celtic media round-up: Gordon backs Bhoys star for starting role

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Gordon on Commons

Craig Gordon insists that Kris Commons will remain in contention for a place in Celtic's starting line-up, providing he can stay fit. 

Commons has been overlooked regularly by Ronny Deila this campaign, with rumours in the Daily Mail suggesting that he could leave Parkhead, but Gordon believes the attacking midfielder is still a key player for the side. 

"If Kris is available for 
selection, I’m sure he’ll be in the
 manager’s thoughts," the goalkeeper told the Daily Record.

“The boss has changed the forward positions quite a bit as he likes to keep it fresh and this is a totally different game and set of circumstances, so it
 will be up to him to see what he thinks."

Deila on Mulgrew injury

Ronny Deila admits that Charlie Mulgrew's injury problems are bad news for Celtic, as he is such an important player for them.

Mulgrew is set for another six weeks on the sidelines after damaging his knee in an Under-21 fixture, as he stepped up his comeback from a previous injury, and Deila was not playing down his role in the side. 

"I am disappointed that this has happened to Charlie. I feel sorry for him first of all," he said to the Glasgow Evening Times

"But it is bad for us because he is a very important player for us. But it has happened and we just have to deal with it and solve the problem it presents."

Bitton pleased for games

Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton says that he is pleased to be getting regular first-team football at Parkhead under Ronny Deila's stewardship.

Bitton has started nine of his side's last 10 games and he feels that he is making a good partnership in the middle of the pitch with Scott Brown. 

“For me, it’s great to play alongside Scott because he’s full of energy and he’s everywhere on the pitch so it makes the work easier for him," he said to the club's official site. "But I also try to make the work easier for him too, and I hope the partnership will continue to grow."

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