CELTIC manager Neil Lennon has revealed he has plans to offer Kris Commons a coaching role to ensure the player remains a fixture at the club long beyond his playing days.
A one-year option will be activated on the 30-year-old midfielder’s current deal before the end of the season, but Lennon believes eventually there should be a role for Commons similar to that which allowed the Irishman himself to move into Celtic’s backroom team under Gordon Strachan.
“Kris is a player I would like to keep around for quite a while if I could,” Lennon said. “And maybe with a view to staying on here afterwards as well. In maybe a coaching capacity, again that is something I would sit down and discuss with him because he has got the talent for it and he has certainly got the personality as well. I think it is important we keep players on here who understand the club. We could certainly contemplate that.
“He is comfortable here. He loves it and his family are settled here. He has played really well the last couple of seasons, he has been fantastic for us.”
Lennon also said he would continue contract talks with Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley but acknowledged the Welshman could leave on a Bosman at the end of the season.