Celtic Boss Neil Lennon Coy Over Finnbogason Speculation

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to rumours linking the club with a move for Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason, Sky Sports reports.

The Icelandic international bagged 28 goals for the Eredivisie side last season and his name has been mentioned in relation to a move to Glasgow since the January transfer window.

Lennon is thought to be in the market for a new striker having just lost main goalscorer Gary Hooper to Norwich City last month, but is refusing to allow himself to be drawn into gossip concerning other teams strikers.

“It’s just speculation at the minute. This window in particular, I have never known so many players being thrown at us, it’s silly season,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We have options, we have targets and we are working away as quietly as we can in the background to try and bring these players in.

“It’s never easy and sometimes these things take a bit of time. I’d imagine we won’t bring any other players in before the Elfsborg game on Wednesday.”

If Lennon does make a move to bring Finnbogason in then he will join up alongside Derek Boerrigter after he joined from Ajax earlier in the week, and the coach admitted he is delighted to have brought the winger on board.

“He will bring pace and width to the team. Derek is a naturally left-footed player and one we have been looking at for some time,” he added.

“He is very direct and puts you in mind of Lee Sharpe in his early days at Manchester United. His goalscoring record is also good, maybe one in three.

“Things didn’t go well for him at Ajax which is no disgrace but we are delighted to have brought him in and I think he will excite the fans. He will add a different dimension to the way we play at times.”

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