Bhoys worried by Maloney
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Lawwell is worried after Shaun Maloney postponed contract talks until January.
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell admits he is worried after Shaun Maloney postponed contract talks until January.
Maloney's current deal expires at the end of the season and his representatives have been involved in protracted talks regarding an extension.
But the discussions have yet to reach a successful conclusion and have been put on hold until the New Year.
At that stage, Maloney would be entitled to speak to other clubs concerning a potential Bosman move next summer.
Bhoys boss Gordon Strachan insists he is not concerned by the situation, but Lawwell is fretting about the impasse.
Lawwell remains determined to convince the forward to sign a deal, but is frustrated by the fact talks have been delayed until January.
"Shaun's representatives have indicated they wish to suspend discussions until January when Shaun will have the opportunity to look at options," Lawwell told The Daily Record.
"It would seem the reason for this is not financial. This is worrying.
"However, it should be clearly stated that Celtic are very keen to bring this matter to a successful conclusion.
"That would be one which sees Shaun extend his contract with the club."