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Celtic boss Neil Lennon chases more new faces

Georgios Samaras scores from the penalty spot
Samaras scored from the penalty spot against Sporting Lisbon

Manager Neil Lennon expects to be busy in the transfer market when he returns from Celtic's four-game tour of the United States and Canada on Friday.

"My hands have been full over here," he said. "The bedlam will really start when we get back."

Joe Ledley, Efrain Juarez, Daryl Murphy, Cha Du-Ri and Charlie Mulgrew have already been recruited.

Lennon aims to talk with England keeper David James and has been linked with Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper.

Stoke winger Liam Lawrence and Nottingham Forest central defender Kelvin Wilson are others thought to be on the Northern Irishman's radar.

Celtic wrapped up their North American tour on a winning note as they defeated Sporting Lisbon on penalties at Fenway Park.

The game finshed 1-1 after Georgios Samaras saw his 72nd-minute penalty cancelled out by former Tottenham striker Helder Postiga's late header.


In the shoot-out, both sides converted their opening five penalties before Liedson blazed over Sporting's sixth, leaving Paul McGowan to fire home the winning effort.

The occasion marked the first time a football match had been held at Fenway Park - the historic home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team - since 1968.

Meanwhile, midfielder Juarez faces a race against time as he bids to face Braga in next week's Champions League qualifier.

The 22-year-old met his new team-mates in Seattle on Sunday but is now back in Mexico attempting to negotiate the red tape that will allow him to jet into Glasgow next week.

"Juarez is back home to sort out paperwork, his visa and his work permit," explained Lennon.

"We're trying to rush that through and hopefully he'll be with us early next week and he will be in squad for Braga.

"He made a really good initial impression. His English is quite good which helps.

"We're excited about him and we're hoping he is as well.

"He's young too and if he does well there will be a re-sale value, although we want him to stay as long as he wants at the club and hopefully he will be a big player for us.

"We see him as part of the future."

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