Deila denies Kris Commons will leave despite emotional gesture with Celtic fans

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Ronny Deila has moved to calm fears that Kris Commons will leave Celtic.

Celtic defeated Hamilton 2-0 today, but Ronny Deila had to tell press that Kris Commons wouldn't be leaving the club, as reported by the BBC.

After the full time whistle blew at New Douglas Park, Commons went over to the Celtic fans and threw his boots into the crowd - which was seen my some as a sign that he'd be leaving the club in what may have been an emotional farewell to the fans.

However, despite reported interest from Bolton Wanderers - managed by his former Celtic boss Neil Lennon - Deila says that the gesture wasn't a sign that the playmaker will be leaving any time soon.

"I don't think so, you'll have to ask him," said Deila when asked by press whether he though Commons was leaving after the boots incident. "He's going to play more for Celtic so he needs more boots. His contract is out [at the end of] the season so that would be too early to make a signal. We want to keep him."

Commons is out of contract at the end of this season, and fears are growing that the 31-year-old will leave Celtic either for a nominal fee this month or on a free transfer in the summer.

Right now, Bolton appear to be the leaders in the race for Commons signature, with Lennon confirming earlier this week that he wanted to reunite with the midfielder.

"Is there interest from us? I know Kris very well but whether we can get a deal done there is another thing," Lennon told the BBC.

"I think there is other interest in Kris. It wouldn't surprise me because of the quality of player that he is, but I know Celtic will do all they can to keep him there as well," he added.

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