Celtic manager Neil Lennon is adamant that he will not be selling any of his key players in the January transfer window.

Striker Gary Hooper is the main man in Glasgow and it is thought that Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool are all keen on bringing the Englishman to the Premier League.

The former Scunthorpe goal machine could use a move south of the border to enhance his international possibilities but with Celtic flying high, a January move could be unlikely.

Lennon has masterminded the Hoops to the last 16 of the Champions League this season and will face Juventus next month over two legs to set up a possible quarter final appearance.

Celtic are also top of the SPL and in both Scottish cup competitions, giving themselves a real chance of winning the treble this season and Lennon feels that should be enough to convince his stars to stay.

“I’ve spoken to a number of the players over the last week or so just to say: ‘Look, there is going to be a lot of speculation. As far as I’m concerned, you won’t be leaving the club and just concentrate on what you’re doing’,” Lennon told Sky Sports.

“We are in four competitions. We are in the last 16 of the Champions League. We are top of the league, the semi-final of the League Cup and the last 16 of the (Scottish) FA Cup.

“Why would you want to give that up now having worked so hard to get there in the first place?

“I don’t think there are many other clubs that can offer that and if they can, then they will be cup-tied anyway.

“What’s the rush? Why go now when they can maybe go further down the line?

“Or maybe we are all pre-empting things. Maybe the players don’t want to go anywhere. The majority of them seem to be very, very happy here.”


  • Fat Sally
    3 years ago

    The point is… all those who do not want to play for the badge should leave anyway.

    • jimmy mccairn
      3 years ago

      jimmy mac totally agree fat sally their privliged to put the shirt on we only want commited players anyone using celtic to gain a move down south should be shipped out

  • richiebhoy
    3 years ago

    if anyone wants to go then let them go.but there have been no quotes from anyone regarding possible moves.both garry and victor are under contract so the balls in Celtics court.That said if a crazy money type bid for them or anyone else comes in then we should sell

    • mildouwolf
      3 years ago

      What’s the point in selling when we don’t need the money ? Even if its a big bid it just weakens the team and if Victor goes would give us no chance against Juve in my opinion ! It would be very difficult to replace our top players and if any of them are sold in January then we might have money in the bank but they won’t be replaced ! Victor Wanyama has been the most important player to Celtic since Henrik Larsson and they dont come along very often ! Celtic should break the bank to keep him and sell him in a few years when his value has increased and John Park has hopefully found another gem to replace him !