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Deila keen to keep Commons

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is keen to tie Kris Commons down to a long-term deal as the 30-year-old enters the final year of his current contract.

The former Scotland international, last year's SPFL Player of the Year, has scored 50 goals in 99 games since joining the Hoops from Derby three years ago.

And Deila has made it a priority to sort out his future before the end of the year when he will be free to talk with any future employers.

Having been impressed by the midfielder during the club's unbeaten tour of Austria, Deila said: "Of course we want to keep Kris longer.

"He is the kind of guy we want to stay at the club, but of course everything has its price. He is a fantastic player and I hope he can develop further and have a season similar to the last one."

Commons, who scored 32 goals in 48 appearances as Celtic strolled to the title last season, has made no secret of his desire to remain with the champions and is being tipped to take over the captain's armband while Scott Brown is sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury.

Speaking to the Record, Deila added: "Kris will have a very important impact on the team and in the games that we play."