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Celtic's Lennon targeting British talent to replace Norwich's Hooper

Celtic manager Neil Lennon says the club will make a point of targeting British players this winter.

The Bhoys sold star striker Gary Hooper to Norwich City for £5million on the summer and Lennon admits he would love to find a UK-born player to replace him rather than somebody from around Europe.

Lennon is well aware that he needs to strengthen before next season so the Hoops can be more competitive in the Champions League and will begin to search around the British market in the January window.

"There's no question we need a replacement for Hooper. I need quality at the top end of the pitch. It really does make a difference," he said.

"That's not taking anything away from the players here. But, to improve, I need to find someone who will be really consistent at all levels and score goals."

After watching Danny Ings score for Burnley against Huddersfield Town on the weekend, Lennon added: "We're looking at players in Scotland. Dundee United have some very good young players and there are a few others floating around.

"The players know the environment so maybe we'll look at British types rather than always looking abroad. British types might suit us better.

"January will be a crucial month in terms of next season and trying to get into the Champions League. We need to try to get the right players in and ready for July.

"I'm not talking about just one player - I might be talking about two or three areas. Players also like to see good players coming in. It gives them a lift.

"The money is there - we may just need to force the issue a little bit more. A striker is one I'd like to add and maybe a creative midfield player, a No.10 type."

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