Former Celtic midfielder urges Ronny Deila to bring Kris Commons back into the side for Scottish Cup semi-final

The forward has not played for the Hoops in nearly a month.

Former Celtic midfielder Stephen Pearson has urged Ronny Deila to bring Kris Commons back into the team for the Hoops' Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers on Sunday as he has the quality to make the difference in the game, the Evening Times reports.

The 32-year-old has been an unused substitute in the Bhoys' last three games, having appeared to have fallen well out of favour under the Norwegian. 

But Pearson - who spent three years at Parkhead, winning the Scottish Cup on two occasions - believes it is important that his former Derby teammate gets brought back into the starting line-up for the game. 

"Kris is a big game player and to be honest I'm very surprised that he has not been playing," he told the Evening Times. "I don't know if there's been something more there but from speaking to Kris he's hopeful that he can play.

"He has the quality to score out of nothing and in these big games it can often take that moment of brilliance to win. He's the type of player who can produce that bit of quality so I'm sure that most Celtic supporters would hope that he is in the team."

While Commons has had limited opportunities this season, he has proved in the past just how lethal he can be. Two years ago, he finished the campaign as the side's top goalscorer with 27 strikes in the Scottish Premiership.

And despite featuring less regularly this term, he has still scored nine goals in all competitions, so while it may be difficult for Deila to justify dropping top scorer Leigh Griffiths, there is surely a place for Commons in one of the attacking roles for the Hampden Park showdown.

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