Scots suffer Commons blow

Celtic winger withdraws with hamstring injury

Commons: Withdrawn from Scotland squad with a hamstring injury

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Scotland have lost another attacking option ahead of their Carling Nations Cup games with the news Kris Commons has withdrawn from the squad.

The Celtic winger has suffered a hamstring injury to add to his exhaustion after a gruelling campaign culminated in the Hoops' 3-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

The 27-year-old's withdrawal comes as boss Craig Levein has also lost Craig Mackail-Smith for this week's matches against Wales and Republic of Ireland.

The Peterborough United striker will stay at his club to take part in the League One play-off final against Huddersfield Town.

Commons, who joined the Hoops from Derby in January, admits he is looking forward to getting some rest.

Cramping up

"I've played 49 games. I picked up a cold in the last two weeks and was cramping up after 55 minutes (of the final)," he said in the Daily Record.

"It has been a whirlwind season and my boy William was born eight weeks ago, which was a joy. For me, this has just been the longest season.

"I've never played so many games or scored as many goals, so it would be nice to relax on the beach and reflect on what's happened."

Commons added he did not need surgery to rectify his hamstring problem, saying: "There's no operation needed. I'm not struggling in that sense. I am just knackered."