NEIL LENNON is preparing to make a raid on the January transfer market to strengthen Celtic’s bid for the historic TENTH successive title.

The Hoops have slipped 11 points adrift of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit although they have two crucial games in hand.

They are toiling to put together good results and have won only twice in their last 10 outings and their next challenge is against AC Milan in the San Siro Stadium this evening in the meaningless Europa League encounter.

The champions spent something in the region of £12.5million adding to their squad in the summer, as CQN reported yesterday, and that was on top of the £5.5million outlay to bring in Patryk Klimala and Ismail Soro in January.

Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and David Turnbull have arrived for hefty fees while there have been loan deals for Shane Duffy, Diegi Laxalt and Mohamed Elyounoussi, in his second successive temporary switch from Southampton.

However, the new Bhoys have failed to gel with the Hoops struggling to find a winning blend in a monumental season.

UNDER SCRUTINY…£4.5m Greek keeper Vasilis Barkas.

UNDER FIRE…Vasilis Barkas is motionless as Ross County score their second goal.

Lennon, however, revealed work is well underway to bring in reinforcements in the second period of the campaign.

The 49-year-old Irishman confirmed he is running the rule over potential targets and insisted he and sporting director Nick Hammond have looked at some players of interest.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We have identified areas where we want to add and we are working away in the background on that.

“Hopefully, we will get a bit of business done that will freshen things up and add a bit of quality to the squad.”

The Parkhead chief is planning to take Celtic away to a winter training camp after the January 2 clash with Rangers as he said: “We have a really heavy month coming up now.

“There are a lot of games and it will be good again for the players to get a change of scenery after that.

“But, yeah, we are looking to just go away for five or six days for a bit of winter training.

“It’s not a winter break, but, hopefully, we can get some benefit from that.”

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