Lennon optimistic about Celtic’s summer signings

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is extremely positive about all of his summer inclusions.

The Scottish champions signed Israeli midfielder Nir Biton from FC Ashdod and Finnish striker Teemu Pukki from Schalke on the weekend, adding to previous signees Amido Balde, Steven Mouyokolo, Virgil van Dijk and Derk Boerrigter.

When quizzed on the new additions, Lennon said he was hoping all six could make a significant impact in their first season at Celtic Park.

“Teemu Pukki is a good player and is a bit ahead of some of the others we have brought in. He’s a Finnish internationalist and has played at a big club for a year and a half,” said Lennon who has lost Victor Wanyama to Southampton, Gary Hooper to Norwich City and Kelvin Wilson to Nottingham Forest.

“Nir Biton is an Israeli Under-21 player with experience but you are looking for value for money and resale value. It’s going to take time – we knew that.

“Amido Balde’s going to take time. Virgil van Dijk, once he’s played 10 games or so, will get the pace of the game. At SPFL level, he will be an excellent acquisition.

“I probably rushed him back too early and he struggled in two games. That is totally understandable and totally my fault.

“Steven Mouyokolo was brought in as a squad player and has done really well so far so I’m pleased with him.

“And Derk Boerrigter is ready made but has been injured. We’ll see the best of him when he’s fit. So the four we’ve brought in, we’re pleased with. It’s potential. Isn’t it?”

 
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