Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Celtic snap up Tunisian striker

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has brought in another striker

Celtic 2 Hibernian 2: Neil Lennon completed his summer signings when Tunisia striker Lassad Nouioui joined the Parkhead club on a lucrative two-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The Hoops boss had already recruited defender Efe Ambrose from Ashdod as well as bringing in Getafe forward Nicolas Fedor - known as Miku — and Nantes goalkeeper Lubos Kamenar on loan.

Nouioui (26), who spent the last three years with Spanish side, Deportivo La Coruna, is looking forward to playing for Celtic in the Champions League.

“Celtic is a huge club with a magnificent history and a fantastic support. I know all about the wonderful atmosphere at Celtic Park and I can´t wait to play there,” he said.

“I hope to play my part in bringing success to the club and, of course, I´m also looking to competing in the UEFA Champions League with such a great football club.”

Lennon, who is looking for Nouioui to “bring another dimension to the team”, is hoping the international break will allow some of his injured players to recover.

Scott Brown, Georgios Samaras, Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Dylan McGeouch all missed Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League draw with Hibernian at Parkhead.

Lennon said: “We had so many players out and we lost Victor (Wanyama) at half-time.

“He has had a dead leg for quite a while, it is not majorly serious but there's no doubt we missed him because we had two rookies in centre of midfield. They did fine.

Defender Mikael Lustig fired in his first Hoops goal from a Paddy McCourt corner in the 11th minute but a calamitous mix-up between the Swedish defender and keeper Fraser Forster in the 53rd minute allowed Tim Clancy to level.

Lustig forced in the second but the champions conceded another poor goal to Paul Cairney.

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