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Feeling good: Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy

Feeling good: Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy

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Feeling good: Neil Lennon with the Premiership trophy

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is not sure he needs to make any new signings ahead of their quest for 10 consecutive titles.

And the Hoops boss will wait and see how the transfer market develops amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lennon is set to lose loan players Fraser Forster, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Moritz Bauer, while the likes of Jonny Hayes and Craig Gordon are soon out of contract.

Lennon would no doubt be keen to keep Forster if a deal can be done with Southampton and he has other players in his squad who could offer more next term.

Much could depend on how much interest develops in top goalscorer Odsonne Edouard and the Celtic manager is happy to survey the scene.

Lennon said: "We don't know how the transfer window is going to look and what length of time it will be, and what the budget is going to be, and what other clubs' budget is going to be as well.

"I am really happy with the squad, I am not sure we need to do a lot of rebuilding at all, if at all."

Monday's decision to call the Ladbrokes Premiership and declare Celtic champions has allowed Lennon to do some sort of planning.

"June 10 is the mandate, we can start training back in groups, whether that changes between now and then we don't know, but that's what we are aiming for," he said.

"With the league finishing now we can hopefully get a start date for next season and look to build from that."

Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association has closed the book on a long-standing disciplinary case against Rangers over their 2011-12 European licence.

Rangers were hit with two disciplinary charges in May 2018 relating to complying with Uefa rules, observing the principles of sportsmanship and "behaving towards the Scottish FA and other members with the utmost good faith".

The charges related to financial information given by Rangers to the SFA in the year before they went into administration and then liquidation. However, the Ibrox legal team successfully argued that the case would need to be dealt with by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

After almost two years of deliberations and legal advice, the SFA board has unanimously decided not to pursue the case.

Belfast Telegraph