Champions League: Celtic target new signings to face Elfsborg
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes to add at least one more new signing ahead of next week's Champions League qualifier against
But he dismissed as "just speculation" reports that it would be Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.
"That's the main thing we are looking at now - trying to add to the squad, predominantly before Thursday if we can," Lennon told BBC Scotland.
"We're looking at a number of options for a number of positions."
Asked, following the , what those positions might be, he replied: "Striker, midfield, left-back - because Emilio Izaguirre could do with a rest now and again - and maybe a left-sided player as well."
Lennon picked out the transfer of Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama to Southampton as leaving a particularly large gap in his squad.
"We've let a lot of players go and sold one, obviously our biggest one, so we need to reinforce the squad a little bit because injuries are biting us a little at the minute as well," he said.
Midfielder Joe Ledley and defenders Adam Matthews and Charlie Mulgrew are continuing their recovery and could play in Saturday's friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
"Joe, Adam and Charlie have all trained this week and we're looking to get them some football at the weekend," he said.
"Elfsborg might be too early for that, but it's good to add a bit of quality to the squad for next week."
Lennon remains hopeful that striker Gary Hooper, who returned from his groin strain to play from the bench in the 2-0 second-leg win over Cliftonville, will still be a Celtic player for the third qualifying round first leg.
It would appear that Celtic have given the 25-year-old permission to talk to a bidding club, believed to be QPR.
"There's been a bid in from a club," said Lennon. "His representative has been speaking to the club and nothing's been confirmed.
"I would like him to stay, obviously. I don't know if that'll happen, but we'll work away in the background and try to persuade him to stay if we can.
"He came on tonight and looked bright and it's good to see him back on the pitch.
"I think we're a stronger Celtic with Gary Hooper in the squad next week than not."
Meanwhile, Lennon was pleased with his side's performance despite failing to produce the comprehensive win many Celtic supporters had been expecting.
"We had all the play," he said. "We had 30 attempts on goal. Our shooting could have been a little bit better at times, but it is important to win the game.
"I'm glad I started with a strong team because that's another good 90 minutes of work under their belt and I'm hoping it'll set us up for Elfsborg.
"That'll give us another week to prepare for that, so some of the guys will play at the weekend as well and get some more games into them."
Watt came through the Celtic youth system ?
Neil lennon has detracted from the careers of all of the above.
The problem is lennon but too many of the celtic fans are looking through green tinted glasses.
Celtic need a new manager and most of the fans know it.
And neil lennon knows it too!
Mulgrew got rid of because he was no good!!
Aye but not bad!!
I just dont know why the real big names are not arriving, anyway never mind maybe scunthorpe has a spare striker or perhaps morcombe
Your thinking of Wales mate... we're the brains of britain with england the backbone...
Standard Geography like ken?
Should be an honour that a team which gets the best players in the league wants you.
You need to give up the day job and move into stand up comedy!
Which are you, not paying attention or disingenuous?
The Celtic board have declared their intention to develop their youth system to enable them to compete with the big spending European clubs.
Celtic player who've come through the youth system:
He's been "canny" with the signings so far.