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SFA director Wotte respects Celtic ace Commons' Scotland choice

Scottish Football Association performance director Mark Wotte believes everybody should respect Kris Commons' decision not to return to international football.

The Celtic star has made himself unavailable for Scotland selection since last May, preferring to focus on club football and spending time with his family in Glasgow.

When 30-year old England-born Commons stepped away from the international scene, Wotte commented on Twitter that he was disappointed with move, questioning the player's 'pride, desire and ambition'.

However, the Dutchman has now accepted Commons' choice to turn his back on the Scotland setup and although he admits he is disappointed, he no longer has any ill will toward the former Stoke City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County midfielder.

"It was sheer disappointment that I ever commented on Kris because I recognise him as one of the best players in Scotland," said Wotte.

"Personal reasons for quitting are something you can never change. We have to respect the decision Kris Commons has reached.

"He is the best player in Scotland at the moment for me. He is at Celtic scoring goals for fun. That he is not available is a pity, but it's something we have to respect and that's all I want to say about it. Let's concentrate on the new generation."

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