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Neil Lennon plays down Danny Shittu signing prospects

Danny Shittu in action for Nigeria
Shittu played in Nigeria's games at the World Cup in South Africa

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has played down the possibility of signing Danny Shittu while confirming that Shahdon Winchester could join the Glasgow club.

Lennon said that Trinidad and Tobago striker Winchester, 18, has impressed on trial with Celtic's youths.

The 30-year-old Shittu is a free agent after being released by Bolton and has also been invited for a trial.

"But we've 26 or 27 players as it is and we don't want to congest it too much any more," said Lennon.

"It's a possibility that there might be an opportunity to bring Danny in and have a look at him and just assess how he is."

Our scouts have had Shahdon Winchester watched and the reports have been good

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

But Shittu may think that someone who played for his country, Nigeria, at this summer's World Cup in South Africa should not require a trial to prove his quality.

It may, however, be the player's fitness that Celtic want to test, Shittu having made only 12 appearances for Bolton after his £2m move from Watford in August 2008.

He signed a three-year contract after the English Premier League club beat Rangers to his signature, but he did not feature at all for Bolton last season and was released before the transfer window closed.

Winchester has been playing in his homeland with W Connection and has impressed the staff at Celtic Park.

"We've had good reports about him and he's broken into the international team now," said Lennon.

"Our scouts have had him watched and the reports have been good.

"We've had an opportunity to bring him in for a week or so.

"He's trained with the young lads down at Barrowfield today. The reports were good on him and he will come up and join us this week."



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see also
Celtic 3-0 Hearts
11 Sep 10 |  Scottish Premier
Bolton cancel Shittu's contract
02 Sep 10 |  Bolton
Shittu still keen on Ibrox move
15 Jul 08 |  Watford


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