Mark Wilson has urged the Celtic board to back Neil Lennon

By Hamish Carton

June 10, 2019

Mark Wilson has heaped the praise on his former boss Neil Lennon and insisted that Celtic can trust him in the transfer market this summer.

It is widely thought that Celtic will have to strengthen this summer with the prospect of nine-in-a-row in reach. Lennon was appointed permanent Hoops boss almost two weeks ago but is still to sign any first-team players.

And Wilson, who played under the Northern Irishman for two full seasons, wants to see the board back their man.

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“It’s going to take a chunk of cash”, he told the Scottish Sun. “He needs centre halves, a striker, a right back, cover at left back.

“Every good squad has a cycle. You can’t keep winning without freshening up and Neil has proven in the past he can find a quality player or two.

“You can trust him with a transfer kitty, and with nine and maybe 10 coming up, Peter has to be aware of what the fans will expect.”

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Lennon’s signings

Lennon has proven to have a good eye for a player in the past. During his first stint at the club, we signed a number of players from a range of countries. They were either a result of extensive global scouting or were Lennon’s personal fancy.

The likes of Emilio Izaguirre, Beram Kayal and Virgil Van Dijk were all signings initiated by Celtic’s former chief scout John Park. Lennon shouldn’t be praised too heavily for their success nor should he be criticised for the failure of similar signings like Mo Bangura or Amido Balde.

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Lennon should be judged on the latter brand of player he brought in. The Northern Irishman was either part of fully responsible for bringing the likes of Joe Ledley, Gary Hooper and Kelvin Wilson to the club. He was aware of these players from his playing days or from keeping a watchful eye on the English game.

The majority of those men went on to have good careers for Celtic. There was certainly less margin for error than with the scouted gems picked up from around the world. Victor Wanyama and Virgil Van Dijk were great finds for Celtic but they are few and far between. If we want steady players who are pretty much guaranteed to do the job then the English market should be for us. And Lennon should be the ideal man.