Celtic target ‘two or three’ but players need to leave first, confirms Lennon

Neil Lennon has said that Celtic will look to ship players out before adding to the squad.

The Celtic boss insisted that he was looking to bolster the squad with “two or three” new faces, but said the squad will need to be trimmed first.

He said that managing a less “bloated” squad was his preferred way of working.

Speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow’s game against Motherwell, Lennon said there would be no wild rush to spend the Kieran Tierney windfall.

Asked to clarify comments about getting players off the book first, he said: “We don’t want to clog up positions and departments within the squad.

“Am I happy with the squad? It’s good but we are looking to add to it and if we do then we’ll maybe have to move a couple out.”

Celtic seem to have done well in trimming a few peripheral figures from the squad, but we’ve also lost some battle-hardened winners into the bargain.

Some younger players such as Henderson and Dembele will be all the better for last season’s experience, but at the very least, the gaping holes on either side of the defence are a massive concern.

Many Celtic fans will be scratching their heads after Lennon’s comments over the past few weeks that he had been hoping for new faces before each Champions League qualifying round deadline.

The club, in its statement regarding Tierney’s departure, said we did not wish or need to sell the player. There can be no question that the money is there to be invested.

Lennon said: “We have targets in mind and we are working away on that sooner or later. We are looking at maybe two or three positions.”

If those moves are predicated on others leaving first, then it looks like the next few weeks could be a bumpy ride.

If we get to the Champions League, we might well end up with £100m sitting in the bank at the current rate of stockpiling cash.

Maybe that’s the board’s target rather than success on the European stage and working to guarantee another league title.

Full press conference below.

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