NEIL LENNON has revealed he wants to bring in FOUR new players next month.
The Celtic boss is aiming to strengthen his squad as the Hoops aim for the magical nine in a row as well as adding the Scottish Cup to the already-claimed League Cup while making an impact in Europe.
Lennon acknowledges he desperately needs cover for yesterday’s matchwinner Odsonne Edouard, who struck for his 16th goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Parkhead that keeps the champions five points clear at the Premiership pinnacle.
The Irishman, speaking to the Sunday Mail, admitted: “We’ll bring in a minimum of two.
“We’re working away on that – there’ll be no more than four.
“It’s difficult to get the right quality in January, but if you can strengthen, if you think it will make you better and have the funds, then it makes perfect sense.
“And doing it in January means you get them in the building for a few months before the start of next season.”
LIFT-OFF…Leigh Griffiths hits the high spots with Kristoffer Ajer after the win over Hearts.
Lennon, though, stressed the possible arrival of a new striker would not mean Leigh Griffiths being overlooked – or allowed to go out on loan.
He insisted the 29-year-old Scotland international, who has been hampered by injury and a virus and notched only three goals this term, will put a shift in during their winter break in Dubai to get him properly tuned up for the remainder of a crucial campaign.
The Hoops gaffer added: “The players will be working hard, it’ll be like a mini pre-season. We will do some intense work.
“There will be players moving on because the squad needs a bit of streamlining. But even if we get a new striker in, Leigh won’t be going out on loan.
“He’s too good a player and can be an asset for us in the second part of the season. He’s not making any waves to go and he gives us something different.
“Leigh has that striker’s instinct and movement. Every day, he’s looking better in training.
“Dubai will be important for him. He knows that and he’s very willing.”