John Collins gives positive injury update on Kris Commons ahead of Inter clash

John Collins has given Celtic fans hope that Kris Commons will be fit to face Inter Milan on Thursday.

Celtic are gearing up for Thursday's huge Europa League clash against Inter Milan, with assistant manager John Collins speaking to the media today.

Collins, now 47, played well over 200 games for Celtic as a midfielder during the 90's, and is back at the club as Ronny Deila's assistant.

Norwegian Deila certainly needed somebody familiar with Scottish football to assist him, and picked the perfect man in Collins, who not only knows Celtic but managed Hibernian for over a year between 2006 and 2007.

Speaking to the press today ahead of the Inter game, Collins told the media that there is a 50/50 chance that playmaker Kris Commons will play for the Bhoys.

The 31-year-old, who signed a new contract with the Hoops earlier this month, is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, and reports from the BBC last week suggested that he would miss the game.

However, Collins believes that there is hope for Commons yet, and that he has taken part in training sessions ahead of Thursday night's game.

With 74 goals in 177 games for Celtic, Commons is a key part of Deila's side, and his creativity and goalscoring threat will be a big boost to their hopes of beating Inter.

Collins seemed hopeful that he could play a part - read his comments from today's press conference below, as reported by the official Celtic Twitter account.

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