NEIL LENNON is refusing to talk about Celtic targets as the September 2 transfer deadline approaches.

Hoops scout Tosh McKinlay, the club’s former Scotland international defender, spied on Kilmarnock left-back Greg Taylor in the Ayrshire side’s 2-0 loss at Hamilton Accies at the weekend.

Reports also indicated Brentford’s £7million-rated Rico Henry was another possible recruit who was in the champions’ spotlight as he played in his team’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside where home striker Britt Assomabalonga, also linked with the Hoops in the summer, fired blanks.

Rosenborg’s attacking No.3 Birger Meling, who has made 10 appearances for the Norwegian international team, has also been mentioned as a possible acquisition, as CQN reported earlier today.

Polish Under-21 international Robert Gummy, of Lech Poznan, is another who is reportedly on Lennon’s radar. The asking price is £6million for the rising star, but, interestingly, a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in January last year collapsed when there was an issue with the full-back’s medical.

Lennon, of course, missed out on Motherwell ace David Turnbull in June in similar circumstances and the £3.25million switch for the 19-year-old midfielder was called off after a problem was discovered. The playmaker underwent a knee operation and is likely to be out of football until the turn of the year at least.

The Irishman now insists he will remain silent as speculation is cranked up with the minutes ticking down to the window closing.

Lennon, as reported in the Scottish Sun, admitted: “I’m not going to talk about a player if he’s contracted to another club.

“I can’t control media speculation about players being linked with us and players leaving the club.

“I only speak when they are sat here in front of me.

“I think it’s very unfair on any player to talk about them when they are contracted to another club.”

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