Kris Commons highlights a problem Celtic face in qualifying for Champions League

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Celtic will have to go through three qualifying rounds to play in the 2015-16 Champions League proper.

Celtic attacking midfielder Kris Commons has highlighted in Celtic View a major problem that the team face in trying to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The Bhoys have already won the Scottish Premiership title and can look forward to playing the final games of the campaign without any pressure.

While many of the players will be looking forward to a deserved summer break, they will have to report for duty for the Champions League qualifying campaign soon.

The qualifiers kick off in July, and the Celtic players will have to regroup quickly in trying to reach the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

Commons has admitted that it is a problem for the players to return to duty so quickly after ending their season.

“I think we need to carry our momentum going into the break,” the 31-year-old former Scotland international said in Celtic View. “There are some big games for international players as well so hopefully they will come back in good health and then have a little bit of time to put their feet up.

“Ultimately we want our players to come back without injuries because the biggest games of our season are very close to the end of the season before.

“It’s difficult to try to relax, rest and then try to get back into the swing of things for the biggest games of the season.”

The problem that Commons highlights is something that Celtic manager Ronny Deila needs to address at the end of the season.

The Hoops failed to qualify for the group stage of the 2014-15 Champions League campaign, and they cannot fail again.

Having won the Premiership title this season, Celtic will feature in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

If the Hoops win it, then they will gave a third qualifying round and then the playoff. It will be tough for the players, but they need to return to duty after the summer break determined to give their all.

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