Kris Commons’ excellent form since the start of the year looks like it has paid dividends for the player who has stated repeated that he does not want to leave Celtic.
Discussion between the player’s agent and Celtic had stalled over the length of any new deal with Commons keen on staying at the club for at least 30 months while Celtic were initially looking at a year less.
Celtic had been aware of interest from both Crystal Palace and West Brom, however both clubs sacked their managers before the transfer window opened.
Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, now manager at Bolton, was next to try his luck but Celtic informed the Irishman that Commons was not for sale.
After a recent win at Hamilton, Commons gave his boots away to a young supporter, prompting media speculation that he had played his last game for the club.
CQN Magazine had been aware that Celtic had no desire to sell the player who joined the club for a bargain price of only £300,000 and last season scored over 30 goals for the club.
Speaking after scoring in a very comfortable victory in the Scottish League Cup against the reformed Rangers Kris admitted that he has “had conversations with the manager about me not leaving, and that has been pleasing for me that that is the case.
“Now I’m hoping that sooner rather than later my contract will be sorted. It’s been going on for far too long and it should be sorted so I can concentrate on what should be a very busy and hectic few months now.
“I’ve had confirmation that we are getting there so hopefully it should be sorted. They have not put anything on the table yet but I think the words that have been discussed are near on.”
Celtic are in pursuit of a domestic treble and play against Dundee in the Scottish Cup next weekend while Dundee United await in the Scottish League Cup Final on March 15th.
The next home game at Celtic Park is against Inter Milan in the knock-out stages of the Europa League and after some indifferent European form, an improving Celtic are setting their sights beyond Milan and toward Warsaw in May.
If that dream is to come true you have the feeling Kris Commons’ presence in the team would be absolutely vital.