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LENNY PLANS TRANSFER RUSH

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NEIL LENNON is hopeful of bringing in “two or three” players this week – and is planning to take them to Sweden for the return leg of the Europa League play-off against AIK Stockholm on Thursday night.

The Celtic boss is confident of adding to his squad where he has already brought in former fans’ favourite Fraser Forster on a season-long loan and completed permanent deals for Christopher Jullien, Boli Bolingoli, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Luca Connell.

He has also recruited Republic of Ireland Under-19 striker Jonathan Abolafi after the youngster knocked back an extension offer from Southampton to join the eight-in-a-row champions.

The Hoops gaffer, who saw his side beat Hearts 3-1 yesterday, has had full-backs Birger Meling, of Rosenborg, and Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor scouted in recent weeks and is prepared to get deals over the line before the midnight transfer deadline a week today.

Lennon, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “We need players in two or three positions. That’s been ongoing for quite a while.

“Hopefully, we can get some quality bodies in on Monday or Tuesday. If we do, I’d like to take them to Sweden with us to integrate them with the group if they have an opportunity to play next weekend.”

The presence of Andreas Pereira, the Brazil and Manchester United midfielder, at Parkhead yesterday led to speculation, but his appearance was explained when it was discovered he is close friends with Jambos goalkeeper Joel Pereira, no relation, from their time together in the Old Trafford Academy.

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