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Neil Lennon

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Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has welcomed the prospect of fans returning to Parkhead next week.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday gave the green light for a limited amount of spectators to attend matches from September 14 as long as the spread of coronavirus stays under control.

Reports claim Celtic's home Scottish Premiership match against Motherwell tomorrow week could be used as a test match for some supporters to attend games.

Ahead of today's league trip to Dundee United, Hoops boss Lennon said: "It would be fantastic.

"The club are collaborating with the government to try to make this happen and later on down the line open the gates even more, so it would be brilliant.

"It is good having football back but obviously that element is missing and it is a huge element in the game that we all want back, and that is the support.

"From the players' experience, a little bit of noise would make all the difference.

"We miss our supporters terribly, they bring so much colour and noise to the game. I imagine it would be a significantly low number coming in.

"Getting any support in the stadium is better than no support.

"Hopefully it will work and be beneficial for everyone going forward."

The former Celtic skipper confirmed ongoing interest in Brighton defender Shane Duffy, among other players.

The Ulsterman said: "I am not here to talk about who we could sign and who we couldn't sign but I think it is common knowledge there has been interest expressed."

Lennon also confirmed there has been interest in Australia midfielder Tom Rogic.

"I like Tom Rogic, I think he is a fantastic player. We will see how that pans out," he said.

On newly-promoted Dundee United, who sit in fourth place with seven points from four games, Lennon said: "They have made an excellent start, particularly away from home.

"They will be delighted to be back in the top league and they are a welcome addition. We are looking forward to the game."

Belfast Telegraph