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Lennon brands successor speculation ‘highly disrespectful’

Celtic are looking to bring in new players ahead of the transfer window closing, the manager said.

Lennon brands successor speculation ‘highly disrespectful’ SNS Group

Neil Lennon described speculation about who will be the next Celtic manager as “highly disrespectful” as he revealed plans to bolster his squad before the window closes.

The reigning champions have fallen 23 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers at the top of the Premiership, albeit with three games in hand.

With Celtic’s quest for ten in a row in some disarray, Lennon’s position has come under increasing scrutiny and figures such as Rafael Benitez, Eddie Howe, Roy Keane and Frank Lampard are among a number of names linked to the Parkhead hot seat.

However, the current incumbent, speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s visit of Hamilton, said: “It is highly disrespectful but a lot of managers go through the same things.

“I don’t think it is right, I don’t think there is any foundation to it either so I just ignore it.

“I speak to Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) more or less every day about club duties, about the team, the transfer window, so I am just carrying on as normal.

“We are looking to bring players in.

“We are looking at a number of positions, a number of options and we think we are a bit of the way down the line with one or two deals so hopefully we will have something for you in the next few days.

“I don’t know if we will be spending money, we just maybe looking into one or two players on loan until the end of the season, bargains that we feel could be value for money and could make us better.”

Celtic have gone four games without a win and Lennon is looking to get back on track against bottom side Accies.

He said: “We haven’t won in the last four games so it is really important that we get back to winning ways.

“We want to finish the season as strong as we can.

“We still have a bit to do in the league and we also have a cup to defend as well.”