Neil Lennon asked if Celtic considered bidding for Rangers' Ryan Kent

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers brought Ryan Kent back to Ibrox in the final hours of the transfer window.

Neil Lennon, Manager of Celtic gives his team instructions during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Neil Lennon has suggested, in comments reported by the Daily Record, that Celtic had no interest in Ryan Kent this summer following the winger's return to Rangers on a permanent basis.

After a summer of speculation, Rangers produced a rabbit from the hat on the final day of the transfer window by agreeing a £7 million move for the winger, who had been superb during a loan spell at Ibrox last season.

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The deal - which was confirmed just before the deadline in Scotland passed - was arguably an excellent way for Steven Gerrard's men to respond after their defeat in the first Old Firm game of the campaign the previous day. 

But when he was asked about the idea of Celtic targeting the 22-year-old, Lennon insisted that he would have no reason to rival Rangers' move for the wide-man.

“No. Why would I? I have Mikey Johnston, I have Forrest I have Shved, I’ve got Elyounoussi, Sinclair and Hayes. I’ve got Morgan. So we’re covered in that area,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record, when asked about whether Celtic would have been interested in Kent.

Ryan Kent of Rangers (14) celebrates as he scores his team's second goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in...

While Lennon insists that Celtic had no interest in Kent, it had been suggested by former Hoops striker Chris Sutton back in April that he was one player that the Bhoys should be looking at (via Daily Record). 

Kent's absence was certainly felt by Rangers at the weekend as they struggled to lay a glove on Celtic during the first Old Firm game of the season.

Ryan Kent of Rangers scores during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It had been Kent who produced a moment of brilliance when the Gers found themselves in a similar situation at Parkhead last term, so his return could prove to be a really important moment in the season if Gerrard's men manage to set up a title race in the Scottish Premiership.

While Kent will claim that he needs no additional motivation ahead of his second debut for the Light Blues, it will be interesting to see if he becomes even more determined to make an impact with Lennon seemingly dismissing the idea that he would have been a good signing for Celtic. 

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