Bhoys man wants new deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
McNamara's present deal expires at the end of the season and he is desperate to clinch an extension which would prolong his eight-year association with the club.
The 29-year-old has forced his way back into the Celtic team in recent weeks and is eager to pen a contract which would also bring about a lucrative testimonial.
The Scotland international has no qualms about pledging his future to Celtic for the remainder of his playing days and will ink a deal, irrespective of whether manager Martin O'Neill remains at the helm, with the Irishman repeatedly linked to the vacant Tottenham post.
"Testimonials don't come around that often and it would be a massive bonus for me if the club were to grant me that," said McNamara.
"I'm sure we will talk about a new contract when the time is right.
"The manager will inevitably be linked with every football job that comes up. We tend not to worry about things like that but I would like to think that I would still sign a new deal with Celtic regardless if Martin O'Neill was boss or not.
"My contract is up next summer and I remember saying when I first signed from Dunfermline, when I was 21, that I would love to finish my career with Celtic.
"I'm nearly 30 now and nothing has changed."