Neil Lennon Provides Update On Albian Ajeti, as Bayo completes move to Toulouse

Neil Lennon has revealed talks with potential loan signing Albian Ajeti are “ongoing” as he looks to improve his squad for the remainder of the season.

Lennon held discussions with the West Ham striker’s agent on Thursday night. The Irishman told the media that talks are ongoing, but that he is not sure how close a deal is to being done. He also confirmed that Bayo is joining Toulouse on a one year loan deal (that deal has now concluded).

As reported in the Daily Record, Lennon said: “That’s my position at the minute, it may or may not happen, as is the case with a lot of deals we are trying to negotiate. I am pretty sure Bayo is going to join Toulouse on loan. It would be good to get a couple more bodies and obviously you can name them in the UEFA line-up as well.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen’s postponed fixture against St Johnstone has led Lennon to have words with his own squad. The gaffer wants his Celtic team to follow a simple routine of “training ground, home, games” from now on.

“It’s obviously a very unfortunate incident and there’s serious ramifications for the game. So it’s just a reminder to all the players and staff that we have to be on our guard and follow the protocols the right way,” the Celtic manager said.

“It’s very disappointing obviously, disappointing for Aberdeen as a club and obviously now St Johnstone, now the game has been called off. We made them aware again this morning, when the lockdown was eased I think a lot more people were relaxed about things but we have to be so careful.

“It’s a very fine line so they’ve been reminded now that they really can’t go out and socialise or open ourselves up to any sort of finger-pointing. It’s basically a question of ‘training ground, home, games, training ground, home, games’. And unfortunately that’s the way it’s got to be until things get better.

“I know a few of them have been out in restaurants and adhering to the protocols of said establishments. But after what’s happened now then we’re going to have to nip all that in the bud. I have sympathy for a lot of the boys, they’ve had the whole lockdown, two or three months with no football.

“But now if you want to extend the season then you’re going to have to follow really strict guidelines and probably go back to the way it was before in terms of training ground, home, probably walk to the shop to get your amenities then go home again.”

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