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Celtic's Kris Commons wants to enjoy more big nights

By Gavin McCafferty

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.

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, as soon as you are not wanted, they show you the door.

"It's vitally important for me to stay fit, keep playing well, keep scoring, and hopefully we'll have 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. "I 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."

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