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Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits scouting trip, amid Strahinja Pavlovic claim

Partizan Belgrade's Strahinja Pavlovic during the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Partizan Belgrade on July 25, 2019 in Rhyl, Wales.

Celtic have been linked with the towering Serbian defender.

Partizan Belgrade's Strahinja Pavlovic during the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads and Partizan Belgrade on July 25, 2019 in Rhyl, Wales.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that it was a scouting mission which brought him to Wales on Thursday.

The Scottish Sun reported earlier this week that Lennon watched Strahinja Pavlovic in Partizan Belgrade's Europa League qualifying win away to Connah's Quay.

The 18-year-old defender is linked with a move to Celtic, with Novosti previously reporting that it'd take bids of up to £7 million to prise him from Serbia.

And although Lennon has refused to reveal who he was watching, the Hoops manager did confirm that he was there to run the rule over a player.

 

"I ended up in with the Partizan fans. That was an eye opener as well. There was an Irishman in the middle of it. He must have got lost," he told The Record.

"We were looking at a player. I’m just doing my job. I’m not going to divulge who it was obviously."

It seems very likely that this is a case of Lennon basically confirming who he had his eyes on.

The Celtic boss often only plays it cool when he does have an interest in a certain player. When the Bhoys are linked to a footballer who Lennon doesn't want, the Northern Irishman never has much problem shooting it down, as he did with Sergio Quintero earlier this month.

But by not shooting down the Pavlovic rumour, it could be very significant.

Connahs Quay Nomads' Jamie Insall vies for possession with Partizan Belgrade's Strahinja Pavlovic during the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg match between Connah's Quay Nomads...

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