Commons in line to return for Scotland

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is set to be recalled for Scotland's World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belgium after earlier being snubbed for the matches.

Commons could be handed his chance if Norwich's Robert Snodgrass fails to recover from the ankle injury he suffered in a 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Commons has been in outstanding form for Celtic so far this term, helping them move top of the Scottish Premier League and collect a 3-2 away win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League last week.

Commons has not been part of a Scotland squad since their 2-0 loss to Brazil in a friendly 18 months ago. His omission has baffled a number of Scotland fans and onlookers, including Celtic manager Neil Lennon, but it now appears the Scotland coach Craig Levein is ready to bring him in from the cold.

"We were talking about it last night, in case Robert has to leave the squad,” said Scotland assistant manager Peter Houston.

“The manager was talking highly of Kris, saying that he was doing well. If Snoddy doesn’t make it, then Kris would be a possibility. I don’t 100 per cent know, but I would guess that Kris would be up there if we bring someone else in.

"I think that’s probably fair to say, because the manager has been talking really highly of Kris. There hasn’t been a call made to him yet, but I think if the manager does bring somebody else in, Kris would be next in line.”