Celtic boss Neil Lennon baffled by Commons' Scotland snub

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder has been in sparkling form for the Hoops recently, but has seemingly not done enough to impress Tartan Army boss Craig Levein
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has expressed his surprise at midfielder Kris Commons’ omission from the latest Scotland squad.

The Tartan Army face Wales and Belgium in World Cup qualifying clashes next week, but Craig Levein has left the former Derby man out, despite some impressive performances this term.

Commons impressed in Celtic’s 1-0 victory over Hearts at the weekend, assisting Gerogios Samaras' only goal of the game, and the Hoops boss enthused about the playmaker's recent form.

"Kris plays every week for me when he is in form like that, so you know my opinion of him," Lennon told reporters.

"I’m sure he would help Scotland along the way and I’m sure he would want to help Scotland. He has just for to keep performing the way he is and it will be sooner rather than later.

"He’s disappointed, that’s natural. He would like to play for Scotland.

"Craig has his reasons for it. I’m not here to criticise any manager in any shape or form. We had a talk about Kris last year. Craig has come out publicly and said there are other players ahead of him and that’s his decision.

"Kris was fantastic again [against Hearts], his all round play was fantastic. He was the avenue for a lot of our good play. It was a good ball in for Samaras’ goal and some of his other play was of an exceptionally high standard."

Lennon took the positives from Commons' snub, however, admitting he was happy to have his player rested for a couple of weeks.

"Kris has worked really hard to get himself into really good condition and he’s reaping the benefits of that now," he added.

"Selfishly, I’m actually delighted he’s not in the Scotland squad because it will give him the chance to put his feet up for a few days.

"On the flip side of it for Kris, his wife is heavily pregnant and he has two young kids as well. So he might be grateful he doesn’t have to spend two weeks away in hotels with Scotland and can spend more time with his family."