Neil Lennon targets Celtic stay for Southampton loanees Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi #PremierLeague

Neil Lennon targets Celtic stay for Southampton loanees Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi




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Neil Lennon is hoping to keep loan stars Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi on board for Celtic’s 10-in-row bid.

The Hoops boss is celebrating clinching nine but is already plotting the next campaign – whenever it can get up and running.

Keeper Forster and wide man Elyounoussi are due to return to parent club Southampton but Lennon would love to have the pair back either on short-term or permanent deals.

The pair cost Saints £26million and Forster has a year left on his contract and Elyounoussi is tied down until 2023.

But Lennon said: “We’re hopeful they’ll be around but that’s a conversation we’ll have to have with Southampton and with the players individually.

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“We’d want to keep them if we could. It keeps that continuity going rather than maybe going out and bringing other players in.

“If we could keep the services of those two, they know how we work and what the club is all about. They made really good contributions. Fraser was absolutely brilliant and Moey, up until the injury, was fantastic.”

Lennon is also looking at out of contract aces such as Craig Gordon and Jonny Hayes.

He said: “We’ll be talking with them as we go along. Their contracts run out on June 30 so we’ll hopefully speak with them and their representatives in the next few weeks.”

Lennon wants to keep the bulk of his squad as he believes Celts raised the bar last season despite several blockbuster departures.

He said: “That makes it an even greater achievement. There’s no question Rangers have improved but what gets overlooked is we’ve improved. And that’s off the back of Brendan selling Moussa Dembele for £20m and us selling Kieran Tierney for £25m. So whatever money we spent was recouped.

“When you look at when I came in and the changes we made, our recruitment worked pretty well allied to the core group of players we had.”



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