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Lennon keen on Bellamy

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has indicated he is looking to bring Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy back to the Parkhead club.

Bellamy may be surplus to requirements at Eastlands and reports suggest Roberto Mancini will allow the player to leave - either on a loan or a permanent deal - due to the restrictions imposed by the 25-man squad rule. Tottenham have been widely expected to make an approach, but reports have suggested Celtic could now swoop in.

"I wouldn't like to say anything at the minute on that," Lennon said in the Daily Record. "I would hope we could make a signing like that - we would all hope so - but it's still up in the air. I don't know if we will but, if not, we have a lot of attacking options as it is."

Bellamy, 31, spent six months on loan at Celtic from Newcastle in 2005, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances.

Celtic are also seeking reinforcements in defence. "We always wanted that but it's easier said than done," Lennon said. "Looking at the squad, we are a wee bit inexperienced.

"That's why we went for Sol Campbell, David James and Jimmy Bullard. We'll just keep going. Obviously, if we continue to struggle to keep clean sheets, I wouldn't be happy going into the season with the same back four but, if I have to, we will.

"I'd like to keep a balanced back four as much as you can so they can build up some sort of relationship. We'll think about that over the next couple of days but hopefully we can get one or two new players in the meantime."

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