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Commons committed to Celtic

Kris Commons admits to being happy at Celtic, but has warned the club to avoid letting his contract run down.

The 30-year-old forward is the newly-crowned PFA Scotland Player of the Year following a standout season at Parkhead which has delivered 28 goals and a league title.

His efforts this term, added to those in his three previous campaigns at Parkhead, have sparked inevitable transfer speculation.

A return to English football for the former Nottingham Forest and Derby County playmaker has been mooted, with Leicester City among those said to be keen.

Commons, though, claims to be fully committed to his current employers, with there no plans on his part to look for a move.

He said in the Evening Times: "I've not got any aspirations about leaving.

"I am not thinking about what's down the road, or what's elsewhere for me.

"I'm very comfortable here. I am happy, and my family is happy."

While settled for now, Commons does not want to find himself in a similar position to the likes of Joe Ledley and Gary Hooper further down the line, with the pair having moved on after being allowed to enter the final year of their deals.

He added: "It's the last position I want to be in, going into the final 12 months or six months without any contact from the club about the future.

"I am hoping over the summer something will get arranged before I do enter the last 12 months of my contract.

"But I don't think it is my place to go in there begging for a contract. If they want to keep me, they have my number."