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Celtic's Neil Lennon wants more big-money signings


Lennon aims to keep momentum going

Celtic interim manager Neil Lennon admits the club needs more Robbie Keane-type signings to restore the faith of their fans.

Recent attendances at Celtic's home matches have fallen below 30,000, but Robbie Keane's January loan deal from Spurs boosted supporters' morale.

"Do we have to bring in a marquee-type player to help tempt the crowds back? Possibly, yes," said Lennon.

"Or we could try to make three or four signings to get the crowd interested."

Fans have stayed away from Celtic Park in their droves since the Glasgow club lost sight of the Scottish Premier League title race, which has now been captured by Rangers for a second successive season with three matches of the current season remaining.

The club has frozen season ticket prices for the third season in a row, but Lennon believes more big-money signings would ensure a healthy uptake for next season.

I would love a couple of leaders, a couple of winners. I am pragmatic but I do like an entertainer as well - someone with a bit of creativity

Neil Lennon

"I would love a couple of leaders, a couple of winners," said Lennon.

"I am pragmatic, but I do like an entertainer as well - someone with a bit of creativity.

"So we are looking at all those areas. I would not necessarily call it a marquee signing, but if you get three or four, or even one, who grabs the imagination of the support then that would be great.

"Robbie Keane did that for Celtic fans, so whether it is a loan signing or a permanent deal, I do think the club are capable of doing something in the market place.

"It all runs hand in glove. A successful first team means the club runs more smoothly in all departments - including at the box office."

Meanwhile, Lennon has urged his players to record their sixth consecutive league victory when Motherwell visit on Saturday.

Lennon conceded he would have one eye on next week's Old Firm derby but is aware of Well's threat.

"Obviously, I'm going to put my strongest team out against Rangers, but I will put out a pretty strong team tomorrow," he said.

"We won't think about Rangers until the final whistle against Motherwell.

"Victory over Rangers will not be any more important, but if we beat Motherwell and Rangers, I will enjoy both of them."

The interim manager reiterated that his future would be clarified in the summer.

"What I've been told - and I have no reason to disbelieve it - is that no decision will be made until the end of the season," he said.

"I can't make it any simpler or plainer than that. Once the Hearts game is over, I assume I will be told one way or the other what the future holds."

And Lennon said the players were determined to end a trophy-less season on a high.

"They are not doing it for me, they are doing it for themselves, for their future at the club," he said.

"I've told the players that these three or four days are crucial."

Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen insists Lennon has injected some much-needed passion following Tony Mowbray's ill-fated reign.

"The last game before Tony was sacked was not good," he said.

"Lennon came in and gave the team a winning mentality. He explained to us that we are a good team and have good players and that we have to win every game.

"In training, he is always telling us to up the tempo and do things better.

"The players want to show that we are a good team. I think we have showed it by winning the last five games and we want to keep on going in the last three games and, hopefully, get three wins."

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