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Sunday 19 November 2017

Lennon warns off suitors to Celtic stars

NEIL Lennon has warned any predators that none of his title chasers are up for sale.

Ki-Sung Yueng, James Forrest and Gary Hooper have all attracted the attention of Premiership sides but the Hoops boss has no intention of cashing in on any of his players.

Celtic continue their battle for the SPL title at home to Dundee United tomorrow, with Lennon looking to add to his squad rather than sell during this month's transfer window.

"We're pretty sure of what we are trying to do," he said. "Whether we get it done or not is another thing but I've got to emphasise that none of our players are up for sale.

"It's flattering and a testament to them that there is interest. That's down to the consistency that they've shown.

"We are in a strong position and there is good stability at the club. The priority is to win the championship and it's important to hold onto our players, not just until the end of the season but for the foreseeable future as well."

Lennon didn't make any major signings during the summer transfer window but for less than £1m Victor Wanyama and Adam Matthews have both become key starters in the team.

Recruiting players from the Premiership is no longer an option for Celtic but Lennon is happy that he has the resources to bring in players from elsewhere that are able to handle the pressure of a two horse title race.

"We look closely at a player's record," the Hoops boss said. "We watched Gary Hooper score a lot of goals in a struggling team (Scunthorpe) and for me that's a good sign."

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