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By ESPN Staff
Jan 10, 2012

Striker Salihi keen on Celtic move

Rapid Vienna striker Hamdi Salihi says that he would welcome a move to Celtic after manager Neil Lennon has admitted interest in the Albania international, who is out of contract in the summer.

Salihi, 27, scored 46 goals in his first two seasons with Rapid but eight of his 11 league appearances this term have come off the bench and he could be available for a cut-price fee.

The forward scored along with now Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic when Rapid drew 3-3 with Celtic in the Europa League two seasons ago.

Salihi told the Kurier newspaper: ''Celtic is a club with a great name, this could be a good step for my career. But I know nothing concrete. The deal would have to be right for all parties, including Rapid.''

Lennon told the Evening Times: ''He is a player we have known about from the Jelavic days. He might be an option. He is a good player, and we know what he can do. If he came in on trial, even better. But I don't think that will be the issue.''

Celtic do not appear to have followed the interest yet with Rapid team manager Stefan Ebner saying they had not heard from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders.

Lennon has already signed Swedish defender Mikael Lustig this month and has previously admitted he is on the lookout for a centre-back and a forward, although he stressed it would not be a ''disaster'' if no-one else came in.

Nigerian Rabiu Ibrahim, a 20-year-old attacking midfielder who left PSV Eindhoven before the end of last year, is on trial at Lennoxtown this week.

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