Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v Leg Warsaw

Wednesday, 06 August 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Third Round

Last Game

Leg Warsaw 4 - 1 Celtic

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:45

Champions League Qualifying Third Round

Lennon keen to snare Pukki

Celtic boss Neil Lennon remains hopeful a deal can be struck soon for Schalke striker Teemu Pukki.

Last Updated: 16/08/13 at 17:54 Post Comment

Teemu Pukki: Finland striker a target for Celtic

Teemu Pukki: Finland striker a target for Celtic

Lennon is keen to add another forward to his options with Gary Hooper having left for Norwich, and the deadline for Champions League signings comes on Monday night.

He watched the Finland international in action when they beat Slovenia 2-0 in midweek but Celtic's initial bid for Pukki was rejected and the German side are believed to be holding out for a fee of £2.5million.

Celtic have also been linked with Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason but reports earlier this week suggested their hopes of landing him were fading because of the Dutch club's £5million valuation.

"Teemu is a player that we like," said Lennon. "I was out watching him on Wednesday and we are trying to bring him in. It's not easy at this stage of the window.

"With a lot of clubs in Champions League position, similar to us, they won't want to let players go but we are very determined to bring players in and we are working hard in the background to do that.

"(Our bid has not been accepted) but negotiations are hopefully on-going. We will go again.

"There is a limit for all players. What we are looking for is value for money. While we do have money to spend, we are not going to throw it at things just to justify our position.

"We want players who will make us better and at what we feel is the right price for the player.

"We do think Pukki is a very intelligent, sharp. His movement is excellent and his first touch is very good, very similar to Hooper. I don't know if he'd score as many as Gary but he'd certainly score his fair share of goals."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Diego Costa gets two assists Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa grabbed two assists as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 on Wednesday

Women's football: Natasha Dowie says Fara Williams can earn 200 caps

Fara Williams has enough ability to earn 200 caps for England, according to Liverpool Ladies team-mate Natasha Dowie

Women's football: Dunia Susi and Rachel Brown-Finnis out of England's game with Sweden

England Women’s boss Mark Sampson has been hit by two withdrawals from his squad ahead of Sunday's game against Sweden

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property