Celtic latest: Striker hunted by Belgian side; Lennon slams Celtic ambition

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1) Amido Balde interesting Belgian club

Celtic striker Amido Balde is of interest to Belgian side Sporting Club Lokeren, according to reports.

Balde was generally used as an impact substitute at Celtic Park last season, after his arrival from Vitória Guimarães and it looks as if his failure to nail down a starting place could cut his time at the club short.

It is understood that Lokeren are prepared to pay up to €2 million for the powerful striker and that would be enough to tempt Celtic to cash-in on the 23-year-old.

2) Mikael Lustig admits things could have gone worse for Celtic

A 4-1 defeat in Champions League qualification sounds bad enough, but Mikael Lustig has admitted that things could have been even worse for Celtic after their first-round loss to Legia Warsaw.

Celtic’s Champions League hopes are dangling by a thread after a heavy reverse in the third round qualifying stage, but they could have been on the end of an even worse score if it wasn’t for some poor finishing from the Polish side and some excellent saves from Fraser Forster.

"Absolutely, it could have been [worse]," Lustig said. "We need to sit down and look at it. It was too easy.

"We got the perfect start, 1-0 with an early goal away from home.

"But especially those of us in the back four should be experienced enough. We have been here before.

"We should have maybe played it a bit simpler. But we were losing balls in midfield, and then they scored.

3) Lennon blames lack of funding for Celtic defeat

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has blamed the club’s lack of spending power for their heavy Champions League defeat.

The Bhoys went down 4-1 to Legia Warsaw in Champions League qualifying on Tuesday, but Lennon thinks it could have been a different story if Ronny Deila had been provided with more money to make signings this summer.

“Players will wait to see if Celtic are in the Champions League before deciding to come but there needs to be some sort of investment in the squad,” the man who took Celtic to the Champions League group stage last season, said.

“At the start of every season you are looking to freshen things up anyway.

“That will be Celtic’s most important aim going forward, to strengthen in the key areas and to try to hold on to the likes of Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk who will have plenty of suitors.”

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