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Neil Lennon admits transfer priority

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Neil Lennon is looking to bring in a central defender during the January transfer window.

Chris Jullien looks like missing the next three or four months which leaves the Celtic boss badly short of options in the centre of defence.

Nir Bitton was preferred over Shane Duffy yesterday but neither looks like being a medium term solution to a position that has been a source of problems for a number of years with the only real exception being in 2014/15 when Jason Denayer played alongside Virgil van Dijk.

VideoCelts understood that Duffy was likely to return to Brighton this month but that looks like being put on hold as Lennon looks for other options for a key area of the team.

Reflecting on Jullien’s injury, the Celtic boss told the Daily Record:

It is an area where we will probably look to bring someone in. He is going to be out for a few months. He has ruptured ligaments in his knee. Obviously that was a blow coming in to the game but I thought we were good.

Stephen Welsh and Hatem Abd Elhamed are other options currently at the club while Jack Hendry seems to be making a success of his loan move to Oostende.

With Kris Ajer likely to be sold in the summer bringing in a new central defender this month seems a logical step although the mid-season market is often said to be the hardest one to get right.

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