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Thursday 16 August 2018

Lennon sets Long target for summer

SHANE Long has been targeted by Neil Lennon as a key man to track until the summer transfer market kicks off.

The Reading striker (pictured below) hit his 16th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Millwall last night, further underlining his growing reputation as the hottest striker in the Championship.

Lennon has been an admirer for some time and thought about making a bid in the January window.

However, he is prepared to wait and hope that Long's prolific run doesn't attract the attention of bigger fish.

"Shane is a player who interests us," said Lennon.

"But he is a Reading player and I don't want to comment on another team's players.

"The transfer window has been and gone and we'll assess things in the summer," he added.



Intensity

Meanwhile Lennon has warned his Old Firm heroes that they haven't won anything yet, after Sunday's 3-0 win over Rangers.

Walter Smith's side return to Parkhead a week today on Scottish Cup business but before that Celtic visit Motherwell on Sunday looking to extend their 17-match unbeaten run.

Former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall is now in charge of Motherwell and will have his side primed to cause an upset when Lennon's side run out at Fir Park.

Lennon said: "Motherwell had a decent result at the weekend and Fir Park is always a difficult venue. It'll be a totally different scenario to playing Rangers where the atmosphere and intensity is at a different level.

"However momentum is important and we will work with the players this week on different aspects of their game.

"We are on a good run but have won nothing yet. We want to continue with consistency.

"If we do that we will beat most teams but every game throws up different challenges."

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