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Celtic winger Commons withdraws from Scotland squad

Kris Commons has withdrawn from the Scotland squad ahead of this week's Carling Nations Cup games.

The Celtic winger sustained a hamstring injury in Saturday's Scottish Cup win over Motherwell and has been forced to pull out of Craig Levein's squads for the matches with Wales on Wednesday and the Republic of Ireland on Sunday at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

"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 told 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.

"There's no operation needed. I'm not struggling in that sense. I am just knackered."

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