NEIL LENNON has revealed he is already targeting a replacement for Scott Sinclair who has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with Preston.
The 30-year-old winger left the training camp in Dubai at the start of the week for talks with the Championship outfit, as CQN reported, before sealing the deal yesterday.
Sinclair will be forever be remembered as part of the Invincible treble winners following his £4.5million switch from Aston Villa in August 2016, one of Brendan Rosgers’ first buys for the club.
Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “He leaves a huge legacy, he’s had a huge Celtic career.
“It’s just that his playing time was limited this season. He’s a fantastic professional and he’s been fantastic to have around the place.
“Ultimately, players want to play and we couldn’t guarantee him that.
“However we don’t want too many to go out the door.
“We want to keep the squad as vibrant as we possibly can and add a bit of quality and experience to what we already have.”
Asked if the Hoops are seeking to strengthen any other positions other than a striker, Lennon answered: “Yeah. We’ll maybe look in the wide area, as well.”
Sinclair struggled for game time this time out and started only one competitive match – the 2-0 loss to Cluj in Romania last month in the largely meaningless Europa League Group E encounter.
He scored two goals – against FK Sarajevo in the Champions League qualifying 3-1 win and against Partick Thistle in the 5-0 Betftred League Cup success – after netting 61 in his first three seasons.
The flamboyant attacker dropped down the champions’ pecking order with the emergence of Mikey Johnston and the loan arrival of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Southampton.