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Blaise Bourgeois

Neil Lennon wants to further shrink Celtic squad


There are currently 30 first-team players on the Celtic books, which is way too many for Neil Lennon’s liking.

Although 11 players have left the club this summer, the Hoops boss is still looking to trim his squad ahead of Celtic’s upcoming campaign.

Tom Rogic has been linked to a £9m move to Zenit St. Petersburg while the futures of Kieran Tierney and Olivier Ntcham are still up in the air.

Meanwhile, Lennon is still on the hunt for a pair of right-backs.

“I think there is a bit of trimming to do,” Lennon said.

“We want real quality in all the positions, we don’t want players on the periphery of the club on a decent wage being left out of things.

“I understand why we had a biggish squad but it was maybe too big for my liking so in terms of trimming it I think it’s important we do that. A smaller group is more intimate.

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“The club has been looking for a right-back for quite a serious period of time now and ideally we would like to bring two in.”

Dorus de Vries, Dedryck Boyata, Marvin Compper, Emilio Izaguirre, Mikael Lustig, Christian Gamboa, Scott Allan, and Youssouf Mulumbu all departed when their contracts ran out.

In addition, Filip Benkovic, Jeremy Toljan, and Oliver Burke headed back to their parent clubs at the conclusion of their loan spells.