Celtic right-back blow but Lennon targets ‘one or two’ before league kick-off

Neil Lennon has revealed that the club’s efforts to sign another right-back has ‘stalled’.

The Celtic boss has been trying to find bolster what has turned into a problem position, with the departures of Mikael Lustig, Cristian Gamboa and loan signing Jeremy Toljan only offset by the signing of Hatem Abd Elhamed.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Champions League qualifier in Tallinn, Lennon insisted he’s hopeful of adding fresh blood before Saturday’s unfurling of the flag.

He’ll need to act fast if the new face is right-back, with a move for one target apparently hitting a brick wall.

Lennon said: “That has stalled, so we may have to look elsewhere,” reports the Record.

The search continues and Lennon will go over his options when returning from Estonia, where Celtic enjoy the luxury of a 5-0 cushion over Nomme Kalju.

He said: “We will discuss that when we get back on Wednesday. It would be great if we could.

“And we will try and get one or two in before the next tie if we qualify, which we should do, for next week.”

James Forrest and Callum McGregor have been rested for the second leg, while new signing Christopher Jullien will start.

Craig Gordon makes a return between the sticks, with Lennon saying that the jersey is up for grabs, insisting that he prefers his goalies making saves to playing with the ball at their feet.


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