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TRANSFERS, EURO UPDATE: LENNY SPEAKS

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NEIL LENNON insists he is satisfied with his transfer deals in this window which still has 17 days to run before the deadline.

But the Hoops boss also hinted there could be one more to be added – almost certainly a left-sided defender.

The disgraced Boli Bolingoli is now in Turkey on loan for the remainder of the season which leaves the nine-in-a-row champions with Greg Taylor as their only recognised left-back.

Preston’s Ben Davies and Leeds United’s Barry Douglas have been mentioned as well as Charlton’s 20-year-old Alfie Doughty who plays slightly further up the pitch.

Lennon has brought in striker Albian Ajeti, £5million from West Ham, goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, £4.5million from AEK Athens, and midfielder David Turnbull, £3.25million from Motherwell, as well as arranging season-long switches for centre-back Shane Duffy, from Brighton, and midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi, from Southampton for his second successive stint at Parkhead.

Lennon, speaking to the Glasgow Times, said: “We’re working away in the background trying to get the right fit and the right player in the right position. I’m delighted with the business we’ve done.

“Shane has come in and had an instant impact. Barkas is settling in very well, Ajeti has scored three goals already with limited time on the pitch. We’ve still got David Turnbull, he’s made his debut, to get his first start, we’re delighted with that signing, too. And then there’s Elyounoussi.

“We’ve brought in real quality and as time goes by we’ll see that manifest itself.

“It’s a different market and not a lot of business being done, so in that aspect in terms of bringing players in, like all dealings they’re protracted at times, but in terms of attracting players here it’s been good.”

Meanwhile, Lennon and his players found out what to expect in the Europa League when the draw for the play-off round of the competition’s group stage were concluded in Nyon today.

The Hoops must get past Riga in Latvia on Thursday with their opponents only finishing their abandoned third round qualifier with San Marino’s Tre Fiori this morning with a 1-0 win.

The champions avoided one of the two seeded teams in their section, Dinamo Brest, of Belarus, or the Croatians of Dinamo Zagreb.

Instead, they will face a journey to the Balkans to take on either Sarajevo, of Bosnia, or Montenegro’s Buducnost Podgorica.

The Parkhead men beat Sarajevo home and away last season for a 5-2 on aggregate in their Champions League qualifier.

The play-off round is scheduled for Thursday, October 1.

 
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