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RONNY DEILA will ignore transfer speculation to focus totally on tomorrow night’s Premiership meeting with Motherwell at Parkhead.

The Celtic boss does not want anything to distract him from leading the champions back to the top of the table.

A victory over the Fir Park side will put the Hoops back in pole position, a point ahead of Aberdeen with a game in hand.

Deila admitted: “I have to concentrate on the games.

“However, I also have a job to do in the transfer window, so we will see what is happening.

“The team know we are going to keep the players we have and, hopefully, bring some in as well.”

The Norwegian revealed Kris Commons remains a vital part of his squad and added: “I still think a deal can be done. I haven’t given that up.

“The situation is very clear. We want him and he wants to stay.

“It’s hard to say how apart we are. But we are in negotiations, so we’ll see what’s happening.

“But he’s not leaving in January. We have to win the league.

“He’s a good player and we want to keep the best ones.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Well, Deila said: “Everyone is back training and that is what we have been working towards.

“Anthony Stokes, Charlie Mulgrew, and Mikael Lustig are back.

“And Derk Boerrigter has also returned to training again.

“Now it is only Tom Rogic who is not, so there is going to be a lot of competition for places.”

Leigh Griffiths, who looked lively in the 2-0 win over Hamilton at the weekend, could get the nod to lead the attack again.

And that will see John Guidetti on the subs’ bench for the third successive league game.

 
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