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Neil Lennon's World vision for Celtic

Neil Lennon will cast an eye on the World Cup in Brazil this summer in an attempt to find another gem like Emilio Izaguirre to bolster his Celtic team.

The 27-year-old Honduras left-back was signed from Motagua in his homeland in the wake of his displays at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago and has developed into an integral part of the Hoops side.

After Celtic clinched their third successive title with a 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night, Lennon turned his attention to next season and what he will have to do to replenish his squad.

The Ulsterman admitted that "it is looking more and more likely" that Greece forward Georgios Samaras, who is out of contract at the end of the season, "will be playing his football elsewhere," and there is speculation about the future of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and keeper Fraser Forster.

However, Lennon knows where he might find replacements.

Ahead of today's visit of Ross County, he said: "We watched Emilio at the World Cup in 2010, particularly against Spain and he played very well against (Jesus) Navas.

"Obviously we decided to take him in and he has proved to be a very good buy for us.

"So there is no question that the World Cup may come to our advantage.

"I would like to go. The last one I went to, France 1998, the opening game was between Scotland and Brazil, so even though it is the other side of the world I may look at the opportunity of going at some stage to do some scouting."

The former Celtic skipper is aware that his side's championship win, in the absence of traditional rivals Rangers, did not elicit widespread praise.

"Probably the overview isn't great because Rangers aren't here," he said.

"That is a realism and there is nothing we can do about that.

"But I don't like the word devalued or anything like that," he added.

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