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Why Celtic are already proving they've learned from their mistakes with Commons

Celtic have entered contract discussions with Craig Gordon already.

Celtic are proving that they are learning from the mistake that they made with Kris Commons by entering contract negations with Craig Gordon at this stage.

Gordon still has 18 months remaining on his current deal at Parkhead, but the Bhoys are determined to take no chances over his future and Ronny Deila confirmed to the Glasgow Evening Times yesterday that they had entered discussions with the goalkeeper over extending his deal.

A commitment from Gordon would be a huge boost for the side, who made one of the best acquisitions of any club in Britain by signing the stopper last summer.

Gordon had been out of the professional game for two years prior to his move to Parkhead, but he looks to be back to his very best already and to have secured a player of his quality on a free transfer was a brilliant piece of business.

Unfortunately for Celtic, the disparity of wealth between the Scottish and English games means that many of their more prominent performers are linked with moves south of the border and it can be hard for them to convince their assets to stay once the rumour-mill hots up. 

However, Celtic have shown great foresight by avoiding this potential complication before it even has a chance to arise, with Gordon's future likely to be settled in the near future. 

It proves that the club have taken lessons from the saga that they faced with Commons earlier in the season and they are showing they are making ambitions plans for the future.

Commons has recently signed a new deal with Celtic but, after leaving his contract to run down to its last year before attempting to get him tied down, it wasn't without difficulty. 

The attacking midfielder and the club took an age to agree on an acceptable contract and had negotiations gone on much longer Commons would likely be playing his football elsewhere next season. 

Thankfully that situation didn't occur, but Celtic have clearly realised they took a big risk and they aren't prepared to do so again. Gordon is arguably even more important to their chances than Commons and by playing it safe the Bhoys are certainly taking a step in the right direction. 

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