Report: Celtic forward Kris Commons to reject Hibernian move and fight for Hoops future

General view of Celtic Park

The 32-year-old has been linked with leaving the Scottish Premiership side.

Celtic's Kris Commons celebrates scoring their third goal

Kris Commons will reject the chance to join Hibernian this summer as he wants to fight for his place at Celtic, according to the Evening Times.

The forward has spent six seasons with the Hoops. But while he was an integral member of the Bhoys' squad during his first five campaigns at Parkhead - he scored 60 league goals in that time - last season was much more disappointing for the former Derby County man with only four strikes coming from his 19 appearances.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

And with Brendan Rodgers taking over this summer, the fact that Commons has just one year left on his current deal, according to the Evening Times, and is of an age that would suggest that his form from last season is much more representative of what is to come rather than what fans were treated to in the previous five campaigns, it would not have been a major shock if the Scotland international decided to seek a new challenge.

However, the Evening Times reports that the 32-year-old plans to turn down the chance to be reunited with former Celtic boss Neil Lennon at Easter Road as he plans to prove to Rodgers that he still has plenty to offer.

Celtic's Kris Commons (L) in action with Motherwell's Marvin Johnson (R)

With the Evening Times reporting that Commons is currently back in Scotland recovering from an injury while the rest of the team are in Slovenia on their pre-season tour, he will be desperate to not only hit the ground running when he returns, but to also maintain his fitness levels throughout the campaign.

Rodgers has a large squad to pick from currently, so if he does not feel that he can rely on the attacking midfielder to stay fit, then he may have no problem leaving Commons out of his plans and letting him leave in a manner not befitting of a player who has made the impact that he has made during his time with the club. 

Dundee United's Eiji Kawashima (R) in action with Celtic's Kris Commons

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