Neil Lennon has confirmed that he is not anticipating a busy transfer window when the marketplace opens at the end of the week. In doing so, the Irishman said that he isn’t looking to sign a new No.1 goalkeeper, cooling speculation that Fraser Forster may return. The manager spoke ahead of the game against Dundee United at Celtic Park tomorrow and was probed as to whether he would be adding recruitments in January.
However, speaking at the media conference today, Lennon confirmed that he was quite content with his team as they gear up towards a busy period at the beginning of 2021.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon isn’t looking to sign a goalkeeper in January. He has no targets for the transfer window as yet but is looking at options. “At the minute I’m quite content”.
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Conor Hazard has become a makeshift No.1, replacing Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain between the sticks. The £4.5m arrival from AEK Athens was billed as Fraser Forster’s replacement but Barkas hasn’t settled at the club. He has struggled to make any positive impression and criticism has been planted at his door. He may be looking to the January window to seal his own escape from Celtic as he has failed to live up to the billing of an International goalkeeper.
Celtic have been linked with Forster on a number of occasions since he decided against a return to Glasgow in the summer. Although with the 32-year-old having played no games since returning to Southampton, he may be keen on a return to help aid the 10IAR push.
Lennon’s comments that he is content with the current makeup of his squad is giving them the backing going into the transfer window; however, he says that he is reviewing the options of potential incomings. Going into the Dundee United and then Rangers game, he needs his players to be full of confidence.