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Neil Lennon has told The Daily Record of his desire to sign up to five new players before the window shuts, with one of those targets being a centre-forward.
Having sold Kieran Tierney to Arsenal for a club-record £25m, Lennon has already earmarked that money for five new signings. The Celts boss stated his desire to bring in three new defenders, two wingers and a striker as he looks to reshape his squad.
The Parkhead club have already brought to Christopher Jullien, Luca Connell, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and Hatem Abd Elhamed to Glasgow this summer, but Lennon wants to keep building.
While the chase to sign more defenders has been well-documented, the manager’s hope of bringing in another forward before the close of play on September 2 is surprising.
Lennon has dabbled with two upfront during the very early stages of the season, deploying a 3-5-2, so that could be why he wants another striker in.
With Vakoun Bayo and Leigh Griffiths only recently returning to the first-team, it would make sense to pursue another forward, but only if 3-5-2 was to be the permanent formation.
However, this change of shape was more to do with not having a trusted right-back than anything else.
With Bayo and Griffiths now back in action, Lennon has two back-ups for Odsonne Edouard, who proved last season he can lead the line with little support from the bench as Bayo spent the majority of the time injured and Griffiths took a break to deal with his mental health.
A new striker could be a waste of time if Lennon, as expected, reverts to his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 system.
Griffiths has shown glimpses already this season that he is back to his former self, and a support role while he gets back up to speed could work wonders for his form and confidence.
With three strikers already at the club and the alteration to 3-5-2 unlikely to be permanent, signing a fourth forward makes little sense for Lennon as he looks to reinvest the Tierney millions.