Gary Hooper and Kris Commons concentrate on improved Celtic form

Gary Hooper celebrates
Hooper scored Celtic's winner in a 2-1 win over Motherwell

Celtic forwards Gary Hooper and Kris Commons are putting thoughts of international caps at the back of their minds to find their form with Celtic.

Scotland international Commons has been out of the picture for Celtic, while England hopeful Hooper has also failed to recapture last season's form.

"I just want to get back into the Celtic starting XI and produce the football I'm capable of," said Commons.

And Hooper said: "I've been coming off the bench. Maybe I needed that."

Hooper was an instant hit for Celtic last season after joining from Scunthorpe United - and some touted him as a future England international and, being 23, for the Great Britain Olympic team for 2012 in London.

"Yes, I would like to play for England, but I am just thinking about Celtic at the moment," he said.

"The last few games have been good. My fitness and injuries are 100%."

Despite showing improved form in winning their last two games - beating Rennes in the Europa League and a win over Motherwell that lifted them into second place in the Scottish Premier League - Celtic remain 12 points adrift of champions Rangers.

Asked if a clean sweep of wins, starting with the trip to Inverness on Saturday, was needed before Rangers visit Celtic Park at the end of the year, Hooper said: "It is very important.

"We will go there like we did at Motherwell and get the three points. That's the main thing.

"We have got to win every game, no excuses.

"It's going to be a tough game. It's a long way from here and it is a tight pitch, but there are no excuses now."

Caley Thistle's 3-2 win in Inverness prevented Celtic overtaking Rangers in May and the Ibrox side held on to retain the title.

"The last two games means we can put that to the back of the mind," insisted Hooper.

Commons' has been hampered by injury in recent weeks, while he and manager Neil Lennon have gone public to deny there was a rift between them.

The winger made his return from a calf problem as a substitute in the Europa League win over Rennes at the start of the month before starting against Motherwell a few days later.

He has not added to his nine caps since a friendly defeat for Craig Levein's side against Brazil in March.

"I need to concentrate on my game at Celtic," Commons told Celtic View.

"I have spoken with Craig and he's not going to hand out call-ups and caps just for the sake of it.

"While I have been injured, I've not been involved in many games over the last four weeks.

"So it's just important for me to stay fit, keep getting fitter and hopefully, if I start producing the football I did last year, I can force my way back into the squad."

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