Neil Lennon expects midfielder Joe Ledley to commit his future to Celtic
Celtic boss Neil Lennon is optimistic that Joe Ledley will sign a new contract at Parkhead.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 4:27pm
The Wales midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, has been offered a new deal by the SPL champions, but his failure to sign has fuelled speculation he could leave at the end of the season.
Ledley is on international duty with Wales at present, having scored twice in the Hoops' 4-1 win over Ross County at the weekend.
He was prevented from answering questions on the issue after the game, but Lennon confirmed the ball is in the player's court.
"We have made him an offer, Joe is aware of that as is his agent and we are waiting on them," he said.
"He seems happy here, his performance last week will have done his confidence a world of good because he has been a wee bit curtailed this season by injuries.
"We know how good a players he is, that's why we have offered him a new deal.
"My gut feeling is, looking at his body language over the last week or so, I'd like to think he would stay on."
Lennon expects to complete a deal to sign 20-year-old Icelandic striker Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson from Fram Reykjavik for around £150,000 this weekend.
"The fee is agreed," he said. "It is up to the player and his representative to agree personal terms. I would imagine we would get it done over the weekend.
"He is one for the present. The season is just finished in Iceland so he may need a little bit of a break so we may not see him immediately but I'd like to think he would be making inroads around Christmas time.
"He is a good player for his age, a good size, we had him in for a week's trial and were hugely impressed by him.
"It is not a huge outlay but we think he is a player who will get better and at 20, he has very good potential.
"Technically he is very good, he is excellent in the air, he leads the line very well and, for the Scottish game, he likes the physical side of thing as well."