Celtic boss Ronny Deila has revealed exactly why he didn't give Kris Commons a new contract earlier in the season, according to the Express.
The Norwegian admits Commons has come on leaps and bounds in recent weeks, prompting Celtic to finally extend the 31-year-old's deal - his previous contract expired at the end of the current campaign.
But, at the start of the season, the Celtic midfielder had not made the requisite improvements for Deila to see his long-term future at the club.
Now that Commons has got with the programme, however, the Bhoys boss showed no hesitation in keeping the talisman on.
“I can’t teach him so much about football but he still had something more to give in the way he trains and with fitness," the Norwegian said.
“In the beginning, I didn’t see that kind of improvement from him. That’s why I waited to give him the contract that he wanted. But, in the last month, he has really bought into it.”
Interestingly enough, no one seems more willing to agree with the Celtic boss than Commons himself.
The 31-year-old admits you can get away with being lazy as a no.10 in Scottish football and feels Deila's demands have helped transform his game.
"Being a No 10 you can get away, especially in the SPFL, probably with being a little bit lazy," Commons is quoted as saying by the Scottish Daily Mail.
"I wouldn’t say I was lazy. I would just say you can probably get away with it. There are certain games where you don’t have to produce your best football.
"He wasn’t asking me to do things I’m not capable of. At the minute I feel as fit as I have ever been."
Celtic travel to Dundee later today for a Scottish Cup clash at 12.30pm.
In the league, meanwhile, the Bhoys currently sit three points clear at the top of the table, also having a game in hand over second-placed Aberdeen.