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Lennon sends January transfer message to Lawwell

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Neil Lennon wants the Celtic board to invest in quality rather than projects during the January transfer window.

Finding a bargain like Kris Ajer or Ryan Christie that develops into a mainstay in the first team is very satisfying but requires time to develop with both of those players spending time out on loan before hitting the Celtic first team.

It goes without saying that with proper scouting and background checks players that cost £7m or £9m tend to be more successful than those in the £2m bracket.

In January this year Celtic signed Marian Shved and Vakoun Bayo for fees of around £2m with little contribution so far from either player.

Celtic have come out on top in both of this season’s Glasgow derbies with the winning contributions provided by Odsonne Edouard and Chris Jullien.

That pairing cost the best part of £16m in transfer fees with the Celtic boss hoping that the message is being picked up by the spreadsheet wizards in the boardroom.

Speaking to The Sun Lennon explained:

Odsonne was a bit of a slow burner in his first year on loan but in his second season he was blossoming and towards the end of last season he was fantastic. This season he’s been magnificent. He’s got quality and class and it’s turned out to be money well spent and that will give the board something to think about!”

Celtic made a £10m surplus in the summer transfer window with the club accounts revealing that there was close to £40m in the bank at the end of June.

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