Football - Family first for Commons

Kris Commons experienced a "magical" William Hill Scottish Cup final win over Hibernian at Hampden Park then admitted his desire to be "as good a dad as possible" eclipses any ambitions he has in football.

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The build-up to the Hoops' 3-0 victory over the Easter Road team, in which a Gary Hooper brace and a strike by Joe Ledley completed the domestic double for Neil Lennon's side was, in part, dominated by the 29-year-old's decision to retire from international football.

The midfielder told Scotland manager Gordon Strachan he wanted to concentrate on his club career and spend more time with his family, which prompted the Scottish Football Association's performance director, Mark Wotte, to question his "pride, desire and ambition"

Commons described the impact of Wotte's remarks on him as "nothing at all" as he expanded on his decision.

The former Nottingham Forest and Derby player said: "I have kids at one, two and three; Jax, William and April.

"I think it is vitally important as a father to be around them when they are at that age. The last squad I was in, my boy was in hospital for a week and I had to pull out of the squad then.

"I am away enough with Celtic probably four nights a week in hotels and travelling and it is a tough job on Lisa that she has to raise three kids on her own.

"When you get a phone call to say that your boy is not well and he is away in hospital, it is a wake-up call. I just wanted to be around my family at that point and football kind of gets away of family.

"I knew I was going to pull out, it was just about telling Gordon at the right time.

"I spoke to Neil, he understood, he thought it was a bit premature but at the end of the day, family comes first and I want to be as good a dad as possible and I want to be around my kids."

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