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Lennon hopeful of Bellamy loan

Neil Lennon is hoping that the personal touch can bring Craig Bellamy back to Celtic.

The controversial Welsh striker has been left out of Manchester City's 25 man Europa League squad to face Timisoara next week and fears that he will also be left out of Roberto Mancini's Premier League plans. But 24 hours after talking about quitting the game, Celtic confirmed that they are in talks to bring Bellamy back to Glasgow.

Celtic couldn't match Bellamy's £80,000 a week wages or the transfer fee that City would seek, but Lennon eyes a season long loan deal.

"I've spoken to him personally. Hopefully we'll know within the next couple of days.

"I know he has options, and we're hoping we're one of them. The fact he's been at this club before could be our big selling point. He enjoyed his time here and knows what the club's about. He's also got a connection with the supporters.

"I'm not entirely hopeful, but I'm optimistic."

Lennon is unlikely to add to his summer signings before tomorrow's SPL opener away to newly promoted Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

With Aiden McGeady's transfer to Spartak Moscow expected to be confirmed today Lennon has his sights on defenders and a goalkeeper.