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Neil Lennon gives Celtic summer transfer updates

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Celtic went on to win their first Champions League game of the season and Neil Lennon is banking on the competition to generate funds.

Celtic have put themselves in a good position to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League next season. The Hoops managed to beat Bosnian giants FK Sarajevo 3-1 after coming behind from  a goal.

And Neil Lennon has said that Celtic qualifying for the group stages of the competition will play a big part in the club bringing in new players.

And while bitter rivals Rangers have made five signings already, Neil Lennon is aware that Celtic have to perform on the field before they start signing new players.

While speaking to Daily Star after the game, Lennon said, “We’re looking at a number of positions.”

“Hopefully we can get some business done sooner rather than later. Obviously, at the minute, the priority is to try and negotiate these qualifiers.

“And the more quality we have the better chance we’ll have.

“You’re always looking ahead and these are really tough times. You have to balance the squad.

“I have to make sure that everyone stays fit and that everyone gets enough game time. So that when the really tough games come along they’re really ready.”

And Lennon admits that Celtic’s current squad size is not up to the requirements.

“We had to fit a few square pegs in round holes because of where we are with the squad,” he added.

I thought [Kristoffer] Ajer was unbelievable at right-back. Obviously that’s not a long-term thing.

“But the attitude, fitness of the players and quality of the goals at the end. It’s not easy.

“It was a really heavy pitch and difficult conditions. So, yeah, it was a really good start.”

Celtic play FK Sarajevo in the reverse fixture at Hampden Park on July 17.