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Deila reveals Commons contract meeting, jokes about signing Dundee United's entire team

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is hopeful that Kris Commons will stay with the club despite interest from Bolton Wanderers.

Kris Commons has become something of a Celtic hero since his 2011 move from Derby County, scoring 72 goals in 172 games for the Bhoys.

Yet with this contract expiring at the end of this season, Commons has been linked with a move away from Glasgow, with a host of English clubs linked with the 31-year-old.

Crystal Palace and Leicester have been touted as possible destinations for the former Nottingham Forest star, whilst Bolton Wanderers are noted to be admirers given that their manager is Neil Lennon - Commons' former boss at Celtic.

Commons hinted that he wanted to stay at the club earlier this week, and now, Celtic manager Ronny Deila says that a meeting with the player's agent is set up for next week in a bid to secure a new contract.

"It’s hard to say, only he can answer that," said Deila when asked if Commons would stay at Celtic. "We are going to meet his agent next week when we get back [from Gran Canaria, where Celtic are training]. He is an important player and we want to keep him."

On the incoming front, Celtic have been linked with a triple swoop on Dundee United, with midfielder Stuart Armstrong, winger Gary Mackay-Steven and striker Nadir Ciftci all reported targets for Deila - only for the Norwegian to shrug off speculation, suggesting that he may as well buy the entire Dundee United team after being linked with so many of their players!

"I will buy the Dundee United team, and Aberdeen as well. That’s one way to do it, we could buy all of their strikers," joked Deila. "But things are happening all the time. We are in a much better situation than we were in the summer," he added.

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