Lennon ends interest in Kris Commons - to continue his relationship with Celtic

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Bolton manager Neil Lennon has ruled out a move for Celtic playmaker Kris Commons.

Bolton have been heavily linked with a move to sign Celtic playmaker Kris Commons, but Trotters boss Neil Lennon says he won't be making a move for the 31-year-old.

Lennon, who managed Celtic for over four years before leaving last summer, says that any pursuit of Commons would damage his relationship with Celtic - something he doesn't want to do, as he told STV.

"Celtic have come out publicly and said he’s not for sale, he won’t be leaving and we haven’t pursued that any further," said Lennon.

"I’ve got a great relationship with Celtic, a great relationship with Peter [Lawwell] and I don’t want to damage that. People keep asking me about Kris and I feel uncomfortable talking about him because he is Celtic’s player at the end of the day," he added.

Commons, who joined Celtic from Derby County back in January 2011, is out of contract at the end of this season - and there are big question marks over his future in Glasgow.

Manager Ronny Deila has played down rumours that Commons would leave Celtic this month, but the midfielder cast doubts over his future at the club by saying that he 'isn't asking for the world' when it comes to contract talks.

With 73 goals in 175 games for the Bhoys, Commons has been a hero for the club in recent years, and his 32 goals in 48 games last season fired Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title.

Fans want Commons to stay at Celtic Park for the long-term, and Lennon's admission that he wants to stay on good terms with his former club will go a long way to easing fears about the midfielder's future.

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