Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times why midfielder Kris Commons was dropped to the bench for the game against Inverness last weekend.
Commons featured for half an hour in the league game, but the boss has hinted that Commons will return to the starting line-up for the cup game this weekend, as the Bhoys look to improve their physical strength.
“That was because we wanted to give Kris a rest. But you do have to match Inverness physically, also. They are a strong team, and you have to be ready for that,” said Deila.
Commons is a top quality and experienced midfielder who will be a key player for the side in any game between now and the end of the season.
He’ll be important this weekend because as the Glasgow Evening Times reports, Deila will be missing forward Anthony Stokes as well as midfielders Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.
That creates a big hole in his midfield and attack, but Commons is a good option to have coming in for such a big game.
He won’t be flustered by the occasion having experienced big games for Celtic before and Deila can also play on the idea that Commons will have a point to prove, as he looks to force his way into the team for the rest of the campaign.
Commons protects possession well, he passes effectively and he’s got a good eye for goal, which is what Deila will need as the Bhoys aim for another final and look to take a step closer to completing the treble.