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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 June 2006, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Crystal Palace open Lennon talks
Neil Lennon and Gordon Strachan celebrate winning the league title
Neil Lennon won the SPL title under Gordon Strachan
Crystal Palace have confirmed their interest in Celtic skipper Neil Lennon.

Selhurst Park director of football Bob Dowie told BBC Scotland that negotiations were taking place but a deal was far from being completed.

The 34-year-old is out of contract with the Scottish champions although Celtic manager Gordon Strachan hopes to keep the midfielder on.

New Palace boss Peter Taylor worked briefly with Lennon at Leicester and may offer him a coaching role.

On Monday, Strachan said he expected Lennon to sign a new deal after he reports for pre-season training on Friday.

"It's one of these things where we've just never got round to sitting down and talking about it," said Strachan.

"I think we know we're going to sign a contract and we're not worried. Once we get together, we'll get it sorted."

Lennon joined Celtic from Leicester in December 2000 and penned a one-year extension last summer.

Lennon won the league title and CIS Cup in his first season as captain and has said he is keen to carry on playing.

It is thought Celtic are offering another one-year deal, while Palace may tempt him with a longer contract and coaching duties.


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