Commons: No England lure for Lennon to leave Celtic now

KRIS COMMONS has no fears Celtic are about to lose Neil Lennon to England - because the Hoops hero doesn't think there's a job there to suit his talents.

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Neil Lennon has been in Glasgow since 2000
Neil Lennon has been in Glasgow since 2000

The Parkhead club's top scorer is acutely aware that, with every title the manager delivers, the higher his profile becomes.

And, with Lennon having proved he can defy the odds stacked against him to take Celtic into the last 16 of the Champions League, the CV he has built in his four years in charge of the Hoops has impressed many chairmen and club owners down south.

However, though the 42-year-old from Lurgan has indicated he would like to test himself against the very best in what's considered to be the best league in the world, Commons has no concerns that will be any time soon.

The attacking midfielder says green and white Hoops course through Lennon's system, and that he is fully committed to rebuilding to ensure there is much more success to come.

Commons said: "Neil knows exactly what Celtic are all about.

"He's been here for many, many years, not only as player, but also as a manager.

"Neil is getting a team together now to stay competitive, not only in the league, but in Europe, as well.

"We've had a taste of the Champions League, and it's something you want to do every single year.

"Neil being Neil, he will want to just keep doing that.

"However, as well as he keeps doing, the more speculation will happen in the press in England.

"But, if he was going to move, it would have to be the right job. And I don't think that is out there at the minute."

Having had to endure grossly-unacceptable personal attacks and threats to the safety of himself and his family, Lennon appears to be more settled than ever in the city he has called home since 2000.

Commons - who was brought from Derby to Celtic by Lennon in 2011 - shares the manager's affection for the Dear Green Place.

"I moved up and have had two children here," he said. "My family have settled in.

"My friends and family who come up and see me on a regular basis all love being a part of it.

"It's been magic for me.

"Three years I've here, and I can't say I've had too many bad times I can think of.

"So, it has been a dream move and some of the best moments of my career have been here."

Commons is waiting to open discussions with the club to extend his contract, which is set to run out in 15 months.

Knowing Lennon - who has spoken about eventually introducing the 30 year-old to the coaching side of the club - is still going to be the manager would make it even easier to commit to a new deal.

However, with 26 goals already this season, Commons is showing no signs of nearing the end of his playing days.

He said: "I have got a year left on my contract in the summer.

"Hopefully, I can start sorting things out for the future."

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