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Celtic v Motherwell...GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Joe Ledley of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's second during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on September 10, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)...S

Celtic v Motherwell...GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Joe Ledley of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's second during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on September 10, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)...S

Celtic v Motherwell...GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Joe Ledley of Celtic celebrates scoring his team's second during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on September 10, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)...S

JOE LEDLEY admits the prospect of another Champions League run will be at the forefront of his mind when it comes to contract extension talks with Celtic in the summer.

The 26-year-old Hoops midfielder, who signed from his hometown club Cardiff in 2010, has another year left on his deal but has been linked with a move back to the Bluebirds, who will be playing in the Premier League next season.

However, Ledley is keen to replicate this season's Champions League exploits, which saw Neil Lennon's side reach the last-16 of the competition before exiting to Italian giants Juventus.

The Wales international, speaking ahead of Sunday's Scottish Premier League clash at Ross County, said: "I don't know anything (about Cardiff). I haven't spoken to my agent, all I can do is concentrate on my football and hopefully stay at Celtic.

"In pre-season I can sit down with my agent and with the people at Celtic and hopefully come to an agreement.

"The majority of players would want to play in the Premier League but you have the opportunity to play in the Champions League at Celtic. Champions League games at Celtic Park – it is the best atmosphere I have ever witnessed. We had a taste of it this season so hopefully we can do exactly the same next season and prove to everyone again how good a team we are."

Ledley, meanwhile, believes boss Lennon should be rightfully recognised by his peers for Celtic's achievements this season.

The Northern Irishman was named on a four-man short list for the PFA Scotland manager of the year award on Tuesday, alongside Inverness boss Terry Butcher, Queen of the South's Allan Johnston and Motherwell's Stuart McCall. "It has got to be the gaffer for what he, the players and the coaching staff have achieved this season, so far it has been fantastic," he added.


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