Stop tapping! Celtic boss Lennon riled through Benfica’s tries to fluster Forster
Published:01:50 BST, 31 August 2013towards what they consider to be the blatant tapping up of Fraser Forster.
The Parkhead membership are irritated that the Lisbon aspect have deliberately tried to unsettle the goalkeeper through leaking information of their interest within the Geordie.
Forster made his name in the Champions League ultimate season as Celtic swept aside Benfica and Spartak Moscow to join Barcelona within the final sixteen.
Going nowhere: Celtic trust Benfica have deliberately tried to unsettle their goalkeeper Fraser Forster
But Celtic accept as true with the Europa League finalists have come close to crossing the typical traces of their pursuit of the participant in recent weeks – prompting a stern letter to be dispatched.
With the transfer window closing this night, Forster will be an vital a part of this season’s European campaign. But, if Benfica continue to unsettle him, Celtic won’t hesitate to make an reputable protest to UEFA.
Asked if he may want to nonetheless lose someone in this window, manager Neil Lennon responded: ‘No. Fraser’s not on the market.’
Pressed on whether he felt the keeper’s head became in the right place as a result of the switch hypothesis, Lennon brought: ‘I assume it is going to be once the window shuts. He’s got a lot to sit up for – however he’s not for sale.
Adamant: Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes Forster has plenty to sit up for however isn’t always on the market
‘We had no confirmed bids for him. We have certainly written a letter to 1 club, simply warning them off basically.’
Celtic the previous day paraded Nir Biton after the Israeli Under-21 captain completed his £1million flow from FC Ashdod.
Schalke striker Teemu Pukki underwent a scientific in Glasgow on Friday night after a rate of around £3million changed into agreed among the golf equipment. Lennon also hopes to add a left-returned to his squad before the window closes tonight.
That may want to deliver to seven the quantity of summer signings Lennon has made after the captures of Amido Balde, Virgil van Dijk, Derk Boerrigter and Steven Mouyokolo.
Lennon became annoyed in his tries to usher in clean faces before the three European qualifiers, however stresses that it was no longer for the dearth of effort on his part.
‘We’ve been searching everywhere, all around the world, virtually – South America, Canada, places like that and occasionally it’s very hard to do offers,’ he stated.
‘Sometimes you believe you studied you’re there and then the price is going up, every other agent receives concerned and you come to be talking to a few different dealers. It just becomes a chunk of a litter.
Close to signing: Schalke striker Teemu Pukki underwent a medical in Glasgow on Friday night
‘We do our business cleanly, genuinely and quick, but every now and then which can’t be the case.
‘I suppose there’s cash there to spend, it’s just about seeking to get the proper player in for the proper price.
‘There had been gamers in which we thought “yeah” and the asking charge has gone up and I’ve even pulled the plug on one or two due to the fact I didn’t assume they were worth the money.
‘I might have liked, like all people else, to have executed the commercial enterprise in advance and quicker, but that’s just now not possible from time to time.
‘In the case of Pukki, for example, we have been in for him a week or two ago and that they said “no deal”.
‘Now matters have moved on and brought their herbal route, so I suppose we’re in for a hectic couple of days.
‘We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’ve been seeking out a left-again.’