Lawwell on Lennon future, Pukki hopeful of Barca chance - Celtic morning news

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Also, updates on Tony Watt, the youth team and financial results.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell things that one day a Premier League club will try and lure away manager Neil Lennon – saying that unwanted interest is ‘inevitable’ according to the Daily Record.

Lawwell dismissed any reports that Lennon could be in line to take the job of a struggling Sunderland side saying: “It would take something special to lure him away.

“This is a special club. It’s a special job. If I was advising him as a friend it’d have to be something different.

“If he continues to do as he is then there will be approaches. It’s inevitable.”

Neil Lennon has said that striker Tony Watt will learn from his loan spell at Belgian club Lierse after being criticised by Lierse boss Stanley Menzo for his physical condition and attitude, despite scoring on his debut for the club.

Lennon is quoted in the Evening Times, saying: “He has gone there to play and I’m pleased that he’s come on and scored. He has got that in his game. But there are aspects of his make-up that he does need to work on. Obviously the Lierse manager has told him that.

“Put it this way, he prefers to play the football than do the physical side of things at times. But he’s 19. He has to learn that to be a top, top player you need to put the work in as well as the talent.”

Striker Teemu Pukki believes that by playing a starring role in each of Celtic’s next two games could end with him leading the attack against Barcelona in the Champions League next week according to the Daily Record.

Pukki said: “Of course I want to play in those games against Barca. To be in the first 11 would be like a dream so I have to work hard in the games and hope I can prove myself to the manager.”

Away from first team affairs, Cetlic’s under 20’s enjoyed a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock with goals from John Herron and Denny Johnstone.

Off the field, Celtic published their accounts for the year, showing a £9.74m profit before tax for the year ending June 30th, 2013.

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