Celtic boss Neil Lennon hints at decision over striker's future

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Celtic have their sights set on a historic season.

After winning the title last term, they're now just one title win away from a huge landmark in Scottish football.

Last season was the ninth successive title win for the Bhoys, meaning that success this time around would give them a historic 10-in-a-row.

Rangers FC will be determined to stop their rivals from doing so, but Neil Lennon's side will be surefire favourites to meet their target.

If they're to do that then Celtic will need to firing on all cylinders, and that quite possibly includes strengthening in the transfer market.

One area that's being discussed as an area of interest is in attack.

Players including Ivan Toney have been linked with a move to Parkhead as speculation builds over Celtic's current attacking duo.

Odsonne Edouard is attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League after a stunning season, while speculation has been building over Leigh Griffiths future in Glasgow.

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Griffiths was criticised by Neil Lennon after returning to pre-season training in poor shape, leading to talk that he could be offloaded.

However with the new season just around the corner, the Celtic boss has praised the striker for getting himself back on track.

Speaking after the friendly win over Ross County, Lennon told BBC Sport: "I gave him a bit of criticism while I was away.

"He's got himself in great condition. He needs a little bit of time in terms of his football. He will get some game time tomorrow [against friendly opponents Hibernian].

"It's a great boost. It's the minimum requirement. He's got himself to a really good level, so it's important he maintains that because he will be an asset for us."

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

It's a huge boost that Leigh Griffiths is proving his fitness.

The striker has plenty to offer Celtic this term and if given the opportunity I'm sure he'll score plenty of goals for Neil Lennon's side.

Talk will continue over signing a new striker this summer, but with Griffiths and Edouard you wonder whether that should be the priority.

Other areas of the pitch could be strengthened with those funds, and perhaps that should be where the focus lies.

Of course if Odsonne Edouard was to move on then a new striker would be an absolute must.

But with the noises coming from the club sounding like he may be tempted to stay, it means that Lennon's side might not need to splash out.

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