Lennon comments spark Samaras Celtic departure rumours

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The Hoops boss is desperate to tie the player down to a long-term deal.

The Celtic exodus could continue in the coming months, following renewed speculation that striker Georgios Samaras could be set for a move away from the Glasgow club.

Speaking to the Scottish Express on Friday, Hoops boss Neil Lennon expressed his eagerness to secure the services of the former ManchesterCity forward in the long-term.

Recent times have seen Celtic make a habit of selling their best players, with Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama both subject to big-money Premier League moves over the summer.

The Bhoys have struggled without the dynamic paring thus far this season and currently sit bottom of their Champions League group despite their gallant efforts in defeats to Barcelona and AC Milan.

They could find it even harder going in Europe’s Premier competition without Samaras, who enjoyed a rich vein of form on the continent last year, as Celtic progressed to the last 16 of the tournament.

A series of towering performances against the likes of Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow were enough to catch the eye of a variety of clubs, though no concrete offer came in for the Greece international.

But with no bid being forthcoming as yet, Lennon has called for the club to take immediate action to end the speculation surrounding the player, particularly in the wake of his superb showings in Europe.

“Georgios is also very important to us and his performance against Barcelona was magnificent,” he told the news provider.

“He is quite unique in the way he plays so obviously we’d like to get him tied down for a considerable period of time.”

The comments came in the wake of Celtic’s announcement that Efe Ambrose had signed a new four-year deal with the Parkhead club.

While the agreement has put the idea of the Nigerian leaving on a free transfer to bed, the defender could still potentially move away from Glasgow, with a host of Premier League clubs currently interested in acquiring the player.

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