'We can offer as much' - Lennon's forthright comments will delight Celtic fans

By John Reid

July 13, 2019

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has dismissed the idea that the Hoops cannot compete with Championship sides to buy players.

The comments came after Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith seemingly turned down a move to Celtic to join Stoke.

“We can offer as much as any Championship club. That’s not an issue” Lennon said, in a video that appeared on Celtic’s YouTube channel.

“Transfer fees aren’t a major issue”

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“Transfer fees aren’t a major issue either” he concluded.

Lennon’s comments are certainly forthright. They will delight the Celtic support as well. Lennon would consider Celtic as big as any side in the Championship, and fans would agree.

Hoops have spent big

It is not like Celtic have been averse to spending money this summer. They have spent big when it mattered. The signing of Christopher Jullien for £7 million seemed to signal a change in the Hoops’ transfer policy.

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It was the signing of an experienced player, who might not have the best resale value in the future. That type of signing has not been the norm at Celtic in recent years.

Now it is a case of getting the right player in that will improve the Hoops squad. Lennon sounds confident that if need be, the Hoops will go that extra mile to bring the right player to the club.

There has already been evidence of that with the Jullien signing. Fans will be hoping to see more evidence before the transfer window closes.