Report: Celtic boss Neil Lennon sees Robbie Brady as "key part of future plans"
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is apparently looking to the future.
That future, reportedly, involves Burnley winger Robbie Brady [Mirror]. The left-sided midfielder, who can also play as a left-back, is out of contract in the summer. Brady, who holds 54 caps for the Republic of Ireland, would represent a classy squad option for Neil Lennon.
Brady is clinical with set-piece delivery, and has an excellent range of passing from the left flank. According to the Mirror:
“[Brady’s contract situation] has opened the door for Hoops boss Neil Lennon, who wants to strengthen his squad on the back of a disappointing campaign and sees the player as a key part of his future plans.”
“Future plans”. There’s – obviously – a great deal of speculation surrounding Neil Lennon’s future. Dermot Desmond is set to pounce on a big-name replacement, if Chris Sutton’s comments are true. Equally, the likes of Frank Lampard, Steve Clarke and Eddie Howe have been talked about by supporters.
Brady is not exactly the archetypal Celtic signing of the last while. At 29, he does bring veteran leadership and still has a few years left in him. He would be somewhat of a calming influence on Lennon’s side, provided Lenny stays on.
The former Hull City and Norwich left-winger, however, would have little to no resale value for Celtic. If he were to be signed, it would be in the prime of his career, and there’s a family link to the club. If it’s a free transfer, there’s little to complain about here.
However, Neil Lennon being discussed about in the same sentence as “future plans”? That’s a little more cause for dismay. Whether this is paper nonsense or something credible, we won’t know until the board actually act and let supporters know what’s going on.