Celtic manager Ronny Deila has admitted his concern over Kris Commons’ future at the club, with the 31-year-old attacker no closer to agreeing a new deal.
Commons’ current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and his excellent form over the past 18 months is said to have attracted interest from a number of clubs south of the border.
While a reunion with Neil Lennon at Bolton Wanderers remains a popular rumour, with the former Celtic boss said to be preparing a £350,000 bid in the winter transfer window, Premier League sides Leicester City and Crystal Palace have also been mentioned as potential suitors this week.
That news has forced Deila to address the current situation surrounding Commons ahead of the club’s Europa League home clash against Red Bull Salzburg tomorrow, with the Norwegian stressing that considerable effort is being made to get a deal done.
“This is always played through the agent and the club, and it’s about money, it’s about length and a lot of things,” he said at his press conference. “And what the options are for us and him.
“We just have to keep driving the process and see where we’re going with it.
“I’ve been told they now have to get back to us on what we’ve offered them."
Meanwhile, Deila has reiterated that the club do plan to strengthen their squad this winter, but admits that business might be difficult, including over a permanent move for loan star John Guidetti.
“It’s the middle of the season for many teams, so it’s sometime harder because others want to keep their teams intact,” he said.
"With Guidetti, we are talking with his agent and [it is] still ongoing.”
A win over Group D-toppers Salzburg at Parkhead tomorrow would guarantee Celtic qualification to the knock-out stages of the Europa League, having taken eight points from their four games so far.