Saturday 18 January 2020

Celtic probe transfer leak

Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon

Celtic have begun a probe into the leak of a confidential document outlining their summer transfer plans.

Photographs of the report, which details their plans for some contracted players as well as potential targets in each position, have appeared on social media.

The document came from a meeting between chief executive Peter Lawwell, manager Neil Lennon and other coaching and recruitment staff about two months ago.

The club said they were looking into the matter.

Lee Congerton has since left as head of recruitment but the club have yet to appoint a successor.

Lennon spoke about trying to keep transfer business in-house on Friday when he was confirmed as the club's manager after stepping in until the end of the season when Brendan Rodgers left in late February.

He previously admitted his unhappiness about team selections being leaked, adding in April that "someone is letting us down".

The document includes initials of Celtic staff members in attendance.

It contains details of potential arrivals and departures ahead of Celtic's busiest transfer window in years.

Lennon has already led a series of transfer meetings as he looks to rebuild his Hoops squad this summer. The Irishman has lost defenders Filip Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata, with doubts over Mikael Lustig's future.

That means he will be in the market for central defenders and a new right-back, with Jeremy Toljan sent back to Borussia Dortmund.

But Lennon has options like West Brom's Rekeem Harper, who visited Celtic Park as a VIP on trophy day last month.

Lennon is also set to bolster his frontline in the coming months as he begins his second permanent stint.

Lawwell last week vowed to back his manager in the transfer market as Celtic target nine in a row.

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