Jackie set for new deal
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 30-year-old will complete a decade with The Bhoys should he sign a fresh deal after he joined from Dunfermline back in 1995.
McNamara says that talks are in progress with Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill and he hopes to extend his stay in Glasgow.
"Talks are ongoing just now with the manager and I'm hopeful that something will be sorted out soon," said McNamara.
"I look at old photographs of when I first arrived and it does seem like a long time ago but the funny thing is on a day-to-day basis it doesn't feel like it when you consider all the changes that have taken place over the past nine years.
"When you think about the players and managers who have come and gone, it is incredible.
"For other people I'm sure it seems like I've been here forever, but it's only seeing old footage or pictures that brings it home to me that I've been at the club for this length of time.
"When I first came here the stadium wasn't even finished. Now there are 60,000 in every other week, which is amazing. When I first joined the average crowd was about 23,000."
The skipper was struggling for regular action at the start of the season but, not for the first time, has bounced back to claim a place in the side.
He says that he has not once considered leaving despite losing his place in the side over the years.
"I wasn't ever tempted to go," he added. "You always want to be involved with the team and be part of the success the club enjoys.
"But what I needed to know was that I would be part of the manager's plans and any time I spoke to him he told me that I was.
"It was all I needed to hear. I've always said I would rather be playing anywhere on the park than watching from the stand.
"I could have thrown in the towel but now I'm involved and this is what you work hard for all week to play at the weekend."