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MACCA URGES HOOPS TO SPLASH THE CASH

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CELTIC hero Frank McAvennie is convinced his old club WILL splash the cash in the summer as they set their sights on their ninth successive title.

Number eight is just about in the bag and the champions are only two wins away from making absolutely certain.

The Hoops are also eyeing a phenomenal treble treble when they take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on May 25.

There will be a massive upheaval at Parkhead in the summer with loan players possibly returning to their parents clubs, Dedryck Boyata quitting as his contract runs down and others such as Mikael Lustig, Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa also becoming free agents at the end of the season.

Despite the frantic managerial guessing game, interim boss Neil Lennon is in pole position to land the job on a full-time basis and the former gaffer has already started planning for an overhaul of the player pool.

MONEY WELL SPENT…Odsonne Edouard has proved to be an excellent buy.

Former striker McAvennie, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “There is going to be a changing of the guard in terms of the squad in the summer and Celtic will bring in four or five new players.

“They might not spent £10million or £15million on a player, but they will find a few gems. Odsonne Edouard has been a snip at £9million and that’s the kind of quality Lenny – or whoever is in charge – will be looking for.

“That will make it even harder for anyone to catch them. A quadruple treble would be great, but we all know what the supporters want – 10- in-a-row. That will be unique in Scotland and the fans will want Peter Lawwell and Dermot Desmond to give the new manager the funds to get there.

“I look at Edouard and see a quality player who is really maturing. He was spinning over the top on Sunday and I was wondering where he learned it because he usually comes short.

“He’s coming on and it’s up to Celtic to find another few Edouards out there. There’s also Griff and if he can get back doing what he can do then there’s a couple of top strikers at the club.

“Kristoffer Ajer has turned in to a wonderful player and I was impressed with Jozo Simunovic on Sunday. I didn’t think he had the step-overs in his locker.

“James Forrest is a big-game player. He’s a wonderful talent, but I sometimes think he doesn’t do enough for me.

“He should be doing it every week. But you look at him now and he’s a big-game player.

“That’s the sign of a top player and I’m glad no-one has come in and taken him away. He’s going to be up there for Player of the Year.”

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