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Celtic manager Neil Lennon coy on interest in signing James Vaughan

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking to bring players in next month so his team can hit the ground running in the Champions League qualifiers – but he refused to say whether or not James Vaughan was among his targets.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins this week warned Lennon that striker Vaughan was not for sale after Lennon watched his team play twice in four days.

But the Celtic manager remained coy when asked about the 25-year-old former Everton and Norwich forward, who has scored 12 goals for the Sky Bet Championship side this season.

"I've been watching a lot of players," said Lennon, whose team face Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership at Fir Park tomorrow night.

"I'm not here to talk about one specific player. There were 22 players at Huddersfield-Burnley and 22 players at Bolton-Huddersfield. Maybe I wasn't specifically looking at James Vaughan.

"I've been linked with him and that's fine, people are putting two and two together.

"I have spoken to Mark Robins, I know Mark from my playing days. So it's not just James Vaughan I'm looking at but he is a player we think is a good player."

Lennon endured a largely frustrating summer transfer window until a final flurry, when the likes of Teemu Pukki and Nir Biton joined his earlier signings.

But, of all Lennon's summer signings, only Virgil van Dijk established himself as a regular starter in time for Celtic's Champions League campaign and Lennon wants to give players a better chance of settling in.

"The January window is more difficult – clubs don't want to part with players," he said.

"But we are looking to bring maybe one or two players in with the view of bedding them in between January and July for obviously, if we win the league, for the qualifiers in July and August just to bed them in to the way we play.

"The close season is so short and with some of the players being away at the World Cup, it will be even shorter this year."

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