Celtic boss Neil Lennon claims the club are in negotiations for targets

By David Walton

June 6, 2019

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that the club are currently in negotiations for transfer targets.

The Hoops have been linked with what’s seemed like an endless list of players over the last few days alone. Supporters will be excited to see just who arrives through the Parkhead doors, but will also be desperate to know when that first arrival will come.

As it stands from the outside looking in, Celtic don’t seem close to signing anyone. Advanced talks with any player haven’t been reported, and all news coming from the media appears to be speculation at the moment.

Neil Lennon has moved to ease fan concerns over the transfer situation (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But speaking in the Celtic View (Volume 54, Issue 45, page 5), Lennon moved to ease fans’ concerns over the recruitment drive.

“We’ve been working on building the squad up for weeks, there’s been a process in place. Whether I’d have gotten the job or not, it was there to identify players, and we are in negotiations at the minute with representatives of players that we’ve identified.

“We can hopefully start talking to those players.”

No specifics from Lennon, but hopefully movement soon

It hardly gives too much away. But for supporters who wondered whether the club are even talking to players, that appears to be the case.

Peter Lawwell must have a busy summer on his hands (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s interesting to hear Lennon talking about a process having been underway for weeks. It’s appropriate surely then for fans to assume that Celtic’s final transfer list of targets has reached completon. Of course, Lennon will have the final say on any player recruited, but we surely must be in the latter stages of getting deals done.

The longer June goes on, the more fans will get concerned over the transfer activity. The transfer window itself of course doesn’t open until June 11th, but deals can still be done before then.

The pre-season training camp in Austria and Switzerland begins in just 11 days time. Incredible considering we only just won the Scottish Cup final two weeks ago on Saturday. If Celtic are doing work behind the scenes so they’re ready to strike when the window is open, that would be ideal.

Celtic will be back in action again at the end of the month (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It would be ideal to have a few players in time for the training camp to get used to the squad. Having our fresh faces in for the Champions League qualifiers would give us a chance to have them fully firing before the league campaign begins.

But we’re now being led to believe that Celtic are quite far down the line by the manager. Surely, then, we’ll start to see some incomings once the window officially opens. Not many will put their hat on it, but it’s a must considering the work needing done this summer.