CELTIC manager Ronny Deila has reiterated his intention to keep Kris Commons following morning reports that quoted new Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon as saying he would be “interested” in the playmaker “at the right price”.
Commons missed his side’s 5-0 thrashing of Ross County in the Highlands yesterday afternoon with what his manager said was a recurrence of the “butt” injury that troubled him last month, and there were no buts from Deila about his desire to retain the 31-year-old who is out of contract in the summer.
The fact that Commons has yet to agree a new deal has heightened speculation that he could be tempted to link up with old manager Lennon in Lancashire.
“My reaction is that no-one is leaving, we won’t want to sell anybody. We don’t want to be that team,” Deila said of Lennon’s reported interest. “I think we have a very good dialogue and process going on with this. This doesn’t worry me.”
Deila was also relaxed about what initially appeared to be a serious ankle injury for Emilio Izaguirre in the 51st minute of an otherwise perfect day for his team. The Honduran was left writhing in agony and holding the ankle he broke two years ago after Michael Gardyne clattered into him. Treated on the field for four minutes, he then left the arena on a stretcher with hands clamped to face, but Deila allayed fears of another long lay-off for the full-back, who was taken to hospital as a precaution.
“I think it’s too early to say but I hope and I think he’s going to be fine,” he said.
“I didn’t see what happened but I’ve been told they hope [it’s okay]. They have to get a picture of it. It’s the same ankle he broke a couple of years ago so maybe he gets a bit scared about that so I really hope it’s nothing serious.”