Celtic boss issues come and get me plea to Championship club

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Celtic’s summer spending plans have been thrown into chaos after manager Neil Lennon revealed a desire to ditch the Bhoys and take up a new challenge south of the border.

Lennon has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent months but such is his desire to ply his trade in England, the Hoops gaffer is willing to start out in the Championship with recently-relegated Norwich City.

The Celtic boss has been busy identifying targets ahead of another assault on the Champions League but all such deals may now be put on the back burner with Lennon keen to test himself in England’s second tier.

The Canaries have long been associated with a move for the Celtic gaffer, with chief executive David McNally having worked at the Glasgow club in the past, but that interest is to be stepped up in the coming weeks following Lennon’s latest comments.

In an interview with the Daily Mail the 42-yar-old said: “There’s going to be a bit of to-ing and fro-ing over the next few weeks.

“There has been no offer, there has been no concrete phone call or anything like that, so I haven’t really had a decision to make on it.”

Lennon has reportedly been trying to tie up a deal for out-of-contract Arsenal ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski and has also been working to secure a reunion with striker Gary Hooper.

However, a different reunion now appears on the cards with Hooper reportedly willing to remain at Carrow Road for the chance to team-up with Lennon once more.

Norwich are keen to secure a speedy return to the Premier League and their price for promotion could soon tumble if they manage to lure Lennon, who has won three Scottish League and two Scottish Cup trophies, away from Celtic Park.

Lennon has also been linked with the vacant manager’s job at West Bromwich Albion, and is priced at 16/1 to land the role, but Norwich appear to be in pole position should he make the trip down south.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.