Kris Commons: Why Deila didn't offer me a new deal straight away

The 31-year-old Celtic midfielder has been discussing the contract talks held earlier this season.

We've heard Ronny Deila's side of the story before - why the Celtic boss didn't offer Kris Commons a new contract earlier.

And now, according to the Glasgow Evening Times, Commons has given his verdict on why contract talks took so long with the Scottish champions.

The two versions are indeed very consistent, although the midfielder has gone into more detail about a specific quality Deila wanted from the Celtic star before deciding to offer him a new deal.

Indeed, the Norwegian wanted the 31-year-old to produce quick reactions off the ball, something he freely admits he wasn't doing before Deila's arrival at Parkhead. Eventually, Commons showed what his manager considered the requisite effort in the area and was rewarded with a new contract.

"It was quick reactions he wanted off the ball," he said.

"If you watch any Premier League games, there are not many strikers who give the ball away then run back. So, having played two-and-a-half years as a No.10, it wasn't my natural instinct to misplace a pass, then chase after the ball.

"But, that's what the manager wanted. He wanted us to get the ball back as soon as possible then play again. That's a completely different kind of game to what I had been playing."

Celtic face Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership later tonight, before another Hampden Park trip this season for their Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Inverness Caledonian Thistle this weekend.

Deila and co will be looking to bounce back from a desperately dull 1-1 draw at Inverness last weekend, when several key Bhoys simply failed to deliver. Commons started that game on the bench. Maybe Deila won't take that risk next time around.

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