Lennon looking to thrash out deal with Ljungberg

Neil LENNON will meet with Freddie Ljungberg's representatives this morning to thrash out a deal for the former Arsenal star, who has been training with the Hoops this week.

The Swede was at Parkhead last night to see Paddy McCourt score the winner in the 1-0 victory over Motherwell to take Celtic one point ahead of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in a match that also saw skipper Scott Brown get sent off. He is now suspended for Sunday's Old Firm game at Ibrox.

Afterwards the Celtic boss hinted that he is edging closer to securing the services of the 33-year-old midfielder.

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"The talks will hopefully be on-going today," he said. "We are hoping his representatives are up this morning and we can get something bedded down."

Lennon will also continue to monitor Dwayne De Rosario after his club, Toronto FC, and Major League Soccer claimed they had not authorised the Canadian international to train with the Parkhead club. The former Celtic skipper said: "I think it was an administrative problem but that has been resolved so he can carry on."

Lennon claimed Brown, booked in the second half for a foul on Chris Humphrey, had been unlucky to pick up another caution late on for his challenge on Steven Hammell.

The Celtic boss said: "If you see it again, I think Scott tried to pull out of the tackle and Hammell kicked him on the follow through. He is pulling away and he slipped so it was totally accidental and I am very disappointed with that decision - among many that I was disappointed with last night.

Motherwell will confirm Stuart McCall as their new boss today and Hammell, who denied trying to get Brown sent off by over reacting at the Celtic captain's tackle, claims it is a fresh start for the Fir Park players.

He said: "The new boss came in and briefly introduced himself and spoke about the game and what we could have done better in the first half. It's up to us all to impress the manager and that starts against Hamilton at the weekend."