Celtic manager comments on Commons contract situation

Celtic manager Ronny Deila said Derby County and Nottingham Forest target Kris Commons loves the club and wants to stay

Under-pressure Celtic manager Ronny Deila has reiterated the desire of Kris Commons to finish his playing career at Celtic, and maybe even to stay on even longer. 

According to the Scotsman, Delia plans to make signing a new long-term contract sound appealing to Commons by integrating the player into the coaching set-up at the club, along with current skipper Scott Brown. 

''It's hard but they can try,'' smiled Delia when asked on the Celtic duo's wish to become a manager. 

''We have a good dialogue now about this,'' said Deila with reference to Commons' contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season.

''That is going forward all the time. Kris wants to stay and we want to keep him and I think that is the most important thing, so things will be arranged.

''They [the talks] have been very positive. He loves the club and wants to stay. Both him and Scott want to have a future in football after [they finishing playing] football as well - they want to try to be manager.'' 

The positive news for Celtic fans is likely to come as a blow to Derby County and Nottingham Forest supporters who were hoping to see the Mansfield-born attacker return to one of his former clubs. 

Commons, who has a hit-and-miss relationship with both sets of supporters due to his method of exiting each club, has been in fantastic form in the past two-years and his impact at either club could have been the final piece in the jigsaw as they aim for promotion, and maybe even a Football League Championship title.

The former Scotland international has hit an astonishing 37 goals in his last 63 games - which includes five goals in 15 appearances this season - and he was rightfully named both PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

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