Celtic duo Chris Sutton and Alan Thompson have both agreed to sign two-year contract extensions with the runaway Scottish Premier League leaders.

Both players joined the Scottish Premier League leaders in 2000 and have now pledged to stay until 2007.ying key roles in the club’s continued success on a domestic and European front.

‘Two mainstays of the side have decided to stay here, so I’m ecstatic and I think the club is too,’ manager Martin O’Neill told Sky Sports News.

‘It shows the intentions of the club. Whilst we want to see young players coming through, the fact is that we’re in the position we are because of people like Alan and Chris.

‘They and a couple of other senior players have carried this club and I am delighted that they see fit to add extra time to their careers here at Celtic Park.’

Striker Chris Sutton, whose role will assume even greater signifgicance in the absence of Henrik Larsson next season, was delighted to commit foor another two years.

‘It made sense because I’ve enjoyed my football since coming to Celtic,’ said Sutton.

‘My family are settled in Scotland. We’ve had good success in the SPL and in Europe as well, so I think it was a fairly straightforward and easy decision.’

Thompson meanwhile, confirmed that there was never any doubt about him signing a new deal.

‘As soon as the manager and chief executive mentioned it, my mind was pretty much made up,’ said Thompson.

‘Once everything was sorted out it was easy and that’s good.