Lennon open to January move for a front man
NEIL LENNON admits he could raid the market for a new Celtic striker in the January transfer window.
Centre-forward Vakoun Issouf Bayo is out of tonight’s home clash with St Mirren after checks on a swollen knee.
And with Leigh Griffiths battling to get back to full fitness, the Celtic boss is weighing up his options should anything happen to on-form top scorer Odsonne Edouard.
Ryan Christie can also play in attack, while Griffiths and winger Mikey Johnston are due to make their returns to first-team training tomorrow.
Addressing the possibility of signing another forward in the New Year, however, Lennon said: ‘It may be an area we’ll look at. But there’s no set targets as yet.
‘Bayo took a knock on his knee on Monday and it’s a bit swollen, so it’s being checked out. He may be a doubt.
‘We need to get Griffiths back in and around it to give us more depth and support. The sooner he
gets fit, the better. You get anxiety (around Edouard) because he is a quality player and you don’t want to lose him at any time. ‘If it is the case, hopefully Bayo, Griffiths and a couple of others could slot in there. ‘Mikey can do it, Christie can do it. There’s a flexibility about them. ‘But you don’t want to lose Odsonne for any games because he is so pivotal to the way we play. We would just have to manage it if that eventuality comes around.’ Irked that criticism of Aberdeen’s capitulation outweighed praise for his side after Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of the Dons at Pittodrie, Lennon wants his free-scoring side to keep the pedal to the metal against St Mirren. ‘We beat Lazio Thursday night and they weren’t bad either,’ added the Northern Irishman. ‘To go to Aberdeen and play as well as that, in what is always a difficult game for us and always tight, was outstanding. ‘The attitude and application of the players was first class and they got a grip of the game. ‘We’ve seen what the team is capable of and we want more of that focus and intensity.’ Admitting it’s hard to find fault with his team when they are scoring goals and sitting top of both their Europa League group and the Premiership, Lennon insisted there is always room for improvement. ‘There will always be aspects you weren’t happy about and you improve on that,’ he said. ‘It wasn’t like they weren’t trying to score in that second half (with all four goals against
Aberdeen coming in the first period). They totally dominated that as well and we could have had a couple more. ‘But, psychologically, you take your foot off the pedal a bit. ‘In the main, to play as well as that after Thursday was just superb. ‘But this is a different game, a different fixture against a St Mirren team who don’t give away a lot. They don’t score a lot, but don’t give away a lot. ‘It’s a totally different game again and the attitude again has to be spot on. ‘If you start getting complacent then, one, you will be out of the team and, two, there will be a lot of questions asked about you. ‘So, it’s important you maintain that will to win and desire and intensity week in and week out. At the minute we have a title race on.’