Neil Lennon eyes Celtic 'kings'

Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits there is an element of short-termism about his transfer targets - but denies it is with an eye to self-preservation.

In the week where 33-year-old former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg was joined on trial by 32-year-old Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario, the Irishman has been linked with a host of other names including West Ham striker Benni McCarthy and Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

Ahead of tonight's SPL clash against Motherwell at Celtic Park, Lennon, who signed a 12-month contract in the summer, said: "I think it's fair to say we are dealing in the short term but that's not to protect me.

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"I'm doing what I can to get players who can win the championship for the club. It's a big year for us. I've brought in the likes of Beram Kayal, Joe Ledley and Efrain Juarez to look after the club's development in the next few years. But I also want a couple of kings in the team who can talk others through the games at times."