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BOSS REVEALS TRANSFER TALKS

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CELTIC boss Neil Lennon has revealed he was involved in four hours of “energy-sapping” talks on possible signings during the week.

The Hoops gaffer has already spent over £10million in bringing in centre-half Christopher Jullien (Toulouse), left-back Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (Rapid Vienna) and midfielder Luca Connell (Bolton) in recent weeks.

Lennon will also have winger Maryan Shved and striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo, £4million worth of recruits in January, who will be vying for first team places in the upcoming campaign.

The Ukrainian flanker has yet to play a competitive game for the club while the Ivorian frontman made a five-minute cameo appearance in the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in February.

And the Irishman has insisted he is not interested in what is happening elsewhere where Steven Gerrard has taken his signings to a staggering TWENTY-TWO since taking over at Ibrox last summer.

Lennon, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “I can’t affect what Rangers do. It’s not one of those situations where if they spend £4million, then we want to spend £8million. It’s not like that.

“We just want to get the right players in if the price is good and we think there’s quality and re-sellable value in them, as well.

“We have to focus on ourselves. You can’t affect what’s going on elsewhere. You can’t – and we won’t. Sometimes agents play one against another and I don’t want to get involved in any of that nonsense, either.”

Looking ahead to the next UEFA transfer deadline for signings to play in the Champions League qualifiers, Lennon added: “We’ve got four or five days and you can do a deal in three or four hours.

“It’s a question of whittling it down – is this the right price, the right age and the right wage?

“We have to filter that all down and have been agonising over a lot of players over the last two or three weeks.

“We want to get it right. Not just for the sake of short-term.There’s a lot of work being done in the background.

“We had a four-hour recruitment meeting on Wednesday on two positions. It’s quite energy-sapping sometimes.”

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