Commons wants Celtic stay

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 19:12 BST

Kris Commons admits he would welcome the offer of a long-term deal at Celtic Park - but he will not go demanding one from Neil Lennon.

Kris Commons: Happy at Celtic
Kris Commons: Happy at Celtic

Commons has hit 27 goals this season from an attacking midfield berth and joined team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster on the PFA Scotland Premiership player of the year shortlist, along with Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd.

Manager Neil Lennon has spoken of his desire to tie up the former Derby and Nottingham Forest player but Commons revealed there had been no talks as Celtic prepare to trigger a one-year option on his contract.

"I think it just rolls into the 12 months, there is no rush to get sitting down," Commons said.

"The club is in a position where there has been a lot of talk over the manager and people talking about our players - Fraser, Virgil and myself, and we are trying to rebuild after losing people to try to be more competitive in Europe. This year we didn't cut it so we need to improve."

Commons, who is reportedly interesting Leicester, added: "Obviously if someone offered me a three-year deal you would think 'That's me settled, I can get my kids in nursery' and you can start thinking about buying houses and stuff like that.

"But I don't really want to be saying what should be happening. I'm a player, I get paid to play football, not to dictate how much money I'm going to get and the length of the contract. That's down to the club, 'This is what you're getting, sign or not'."

When asked whether he saw himself finishing his career at Celtic, the 30-year-old said: "I really don't know. I'd hope to play until 35-36 but everyone knows in football, as soon as you are not wanted, they are quick to shoo you out the door.

"It's vitally important for me to stay fit, keep playing well, keep scoring goals, and hopefully we'll have a lot more big nights at Celtic Park."

Despite his goalscoring exploits, Commons believes this season has not been his best for the club.

"Goals to games ratio, yes, but I feel I played a lot better when I first came in and last year," he said. "But when you're scoring goals then people take note.

"I always try to get double figures, attacking midfielders always try to get double figures.

"But to be close to 30, I never dreamed of doing that. It's probably a one-off but I look to get on the scoresheet every week now."

Commons did hit 29 goals in total for Derby, Scotland and Celtic during the season he moved to Glasgow in January, but the following campaign, 2011-12, he only scored once.

So he does not believe he represents the long-term answer to the goalscoring void left by Gary Hooper's departure.

"I don't think the manager will be looking at me to be guaranteed to get 25-30 goals a season," he said.

"I have never done that before. The manager will still be looking to replace the goals Gary Hooper supplied us with.

"From the team's point of view, it's good that I'm helping in that aspect but I think we'll still be looking for a player that can score 25-30 goals a season to keep us competitive."

Commons evaded a question on whether he would end his self-imposed Scotland exile if Gordon Strachan asked him.

Commons, who maintained that quitting international football had helped his club form, said: "I don't see Gordon ringing me up any time soon. He seems to be doing all right without me."


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