Neil Lennon on his Celtic transfer priority as he gives Odsonne Edouard an update


Neil Lennon insists bagging another top class striker is his top priority as the Celtic boss prepares for an epic campaign.Hoops boss is looking for Peterborough ace in form Ivan Toney and West Ham frontman Albian Ajeti, while former Hibs and Sunderland target Steven Fletcher is a free agent and has offered his services.

The Celts saw a £ 5million offer for Toney rejected by Posh as Ajeti weighs his options and Lennon has confirmed he wants to step up his firepower for the 10 in a row offer.

He said: “This is the most important position on the pitch. We’ve had a few injuries and absentees in this department, so if there’s a quality one available and we think it’s the right thing to do, we’ll move on.

“We’ll look at the team later on the line. It will be a decision of the club if we see this as value for money.

“Fletcher is a good player. I’m not going to confirm or deny this, I’m not talking about individuals.

“We have been linked with a lot of forwards, midfielders, center-backs. There are one or two areas that we want to add because we let a few players go.

“We left seven or eight and we only added Vasilis Barkas to the team, so it’s important that we bring quality, in the areas that we are looking for.

Lennon caught goalkeeper Barkas in a record-breaking £ 4.5million deal and Celtic have shown they are serious with the big deal for Toney.

Pandemic has hit football finances around the world, but Hoops blunderer is convinced he will
receive the necessary funds for a potentially historic campaign.

Lennon said, “The market is open and we’ve already seen big names and a lot of money coming together.

“It will be interesting to see how it settles. We are very concerned that some of our players will generate interest and that is something we will have to deal with as we go.

“But we will be looking to add to the team. We have had Mo Elyounoussi in the building for a few weeks.

“Barkas is the first real new addition to the squad, so we’ll be looking to add to that as we go.

“We have been patient and it has been difficult, but I don’t think it has been more difficult than any other transfer window.

Lennon wants to keep his hands on his key men and he revealed that there hasn’t been an approach for in-demand stars like Odsonne Edouard and Kris Ajer.

He said: “Over the past two years we have sold players for a lot of money, Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney. We have adapted accordingly.

“It’s always difficult to see quality players leave, but that’s what we’ve been doing for 10 to 12 years. There may be interest in one or two of our players, but we haven’t had any phone calls about any of them, which has been a nice aspect of the preseason so far.

Celtic will fly the Premiership flag before launching the campaign against Hamilton behind closed doors tomorrow.

Barkas set to be on the bench while Mikey Johnston faces up to eight weeks after
calf surgery.

Lennon praised the government’s plans to reintroduce the crowds starting next month, but he’s just thrilled the season was able to start on time.

He said: “It’s great to be back. No one knew what was going to happen. Scotland has dealt with this pandemic as well as anyone.

“It’s great to be back in football and I hope it stays that way. We see in some other countries the danger of a second peak and this is something we want to avoid

“It will be quite emotional at the start of the matches, but it will be even better if and when we can bring the supporters back to the stadiums.”


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