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Celtic will not pay for Reading's Long

Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists he will not pay what Reading are asking for striker Shane Long. The Hoops manager is very interested in the Irishman but says that the £7million that the Royals want is far too much.

"Certainly with the figures Reading have been talking about you would say that is that," Lennon nsaid.

"The figures I have seen quoted in the papers, I don't think we would be in the running for Shane. He is a player I do like. I think he has a lot of qualities and would be beneficial to us.

"But that sort of money is out of our remit. You are talking £7m, I don't think we've got that to pay. Value for money is key.

"We always look for players who might have a resale value in future, but who - at the same time - will be good-quality players. Like we've done with Beram Kayal, Emilio Izaguirre, Gary Hooper and players like that.

"I've said already I don't really want to change the squad too much."

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