Double arrival softens Commons setback for Bolton

Bolton Wanderers may have given up on signing Kris Commons, but it has still been a busy day of arrivals at the Macron Stadium.

Commons starred for Celtic whilst Bolton boss Neil Lennon was in charge of the club, scoring 31 goals in the season leading up to the departure of the Northern Irishman. Under current Hoops coach Ronny Deila, though, he has been in and out of the first team picture, playing just 16 times in the league of which only 11 have been starts, and this sparked speculation that he could leave this month.

This would certainly have been of interest to the Trotters boss, who had hoped to take advantage of this uncertainly to lure the midfielder to Lancashire. However, despite being out of contract at the end of the season when he could leave on a free transfer, it appears as though the Glasgow giants have decided to retain the 31-year-old former Scotland international for the rest of the campaign.

“Celtic have come out publicly and said he’s not for sale, he won’t be leaving and we haven’t pursued that any further,” Lennon claimed on STV. “I’ve got a great relationship with Celtic, a great relationship with Peter [Lawwell] and I don’t want to damage that. People keep asking me about Kris and I feel uncomfortable talking about him because he is Celtic’s player.”

Despite this setback, it has still been a productive 24 hours for Bolton, who currently occupy 16th place in the Championship. They have taken Portugal youth international Rochinha, an attacking midfielder, on loan from Benfica, and prior to this, they wrapped up a temporary deal for Adam Le Fondre who will see out the rest of the season with the Whites after failing to impress at Cardiff City.

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