The 28-year old Scottish midfielder, who has been linked with English clubs in the past, says he is extremely happy as captain of the Glasgow giants and is planning to stay put at Parkhead in order to win more trophies and play more European football.
“What made me stay? Champions League football was the main thing plus the gaffer (Neil Lennon) had shown a lot of faith in me,” he told the Daily Record.
“He made me captain and it was one I maybe owed him. It was a huge decision to either stay at Celtic or go down to England.
“I didn’t want to be a player who moves south and maybe goes missing. I was injured at the time and didn’t have a lot of offers. It was really good that Celtic kept faith with me.
“Does it appeal to me to leave Celtic and head down to England? Not in the slightest.
“I don’t see why I would swap winning titles and playing in the Champions League.
“I know English people will want to go back home and that is understandable.
“But my family is here and I’m not going to beat the occasions I get in the Champions League.
“Everyone knows England is where the money is. But if I put my heart before the cash signs, it’s Celtic for me.
“I’ve been here for nearly seven years now and I can see myself staying a lot longer. Everyone looks after each other here.”
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