Lennon hopes to keep key men

Neil Lennon is unsure if he will strengthen his squad in January, but hopes qualification for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League will persuade the likes of Gary Hooper to stay at Celtic.

Last Updated: 07/12/12 at 11:55 Post Comment

Neil Lennon: Celtic manager hopes to keep key players after reaching the last 16

Neil Lennon: Celtic manager hopes to keep key players after reaching the last 16

The SPL champions booked a spot in the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-1 home win over Spartak Moscow secured the runners-up spot behind Barcelona.

Celtic's progression will generate further income, but Lennon is not planning to go overboard in the January transfer window if he tries to add to his squad.

"I do not want to spend mega-money on one player because that will only disrupt the spirit here," Lennon told The Times.

"There are positions we would like to strengthen, but whether we will do it or not is another thing."

Lennon will also be hoping to retain his key players, with the likes of striker Hooper and midfielder Victor Wanyama regularly linked with a move to the English Premier League.

The Celtic boss is anticipating further interest in his players in the New Year, but is optimistic he can retain his influential performers.

He added: "Hooper is someone I hang my hat on because he is a goalscorer.

"I have no doubt teams will be sniffing, but maybe reaching the last 16 will persuade them all now to stay for a little bit longer."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

eak points? Play like Villa should work easily enough.

plughead80
Ludogorets target 'weaknesses'

T

hose tight polo shirts he's been wearing on the touchline this season make him look like a lady on a golfing holiday.

walter white
Football Managers On TV: Neil Warnock

A

s a great man once said: Nothing ever changes by staying the same.

walter white
Just Put Him Out Of His Misery...

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

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