Celtic news – Lennon to sign new deal, Ki on Liverpool radar, Blow to Damari hopes

Lennon to sign new deal on Monday.

Neil Lennon has agreed an improved contract which he will sign when he returns to work on Monday, reports The Guardian.

The total package for the Celtic boss and his coaches, Johann Mjallby, Alan Thompson and Garry Parker, is currently around the £400,000 per year mark, but Lennon will see his salary more than doubled from the present £200,000; he will also be rewarded with a 12-month rolling deal to bring him into line with former bosses Gordon Strachan and Martin O’Neill.

The manager’s new contract was approved by the board before he left Scotland for a holiday two weeks ago and it is understood Mjallby, Thompson and Parker will all have their terms increased, with incentive-based bonuses included.

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Ki on Liverpool radar.

According to Talksport, Liverpool could be ready to swoop for Celtic’s Ki Sung-Yeung if an attempt to sign Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam falls through.

The transfer of the former Rangers player is dragging on too long for the Reds’ liking, with Tottenham Hotspur also showing interest, and they are ready to look north of the border for an alternative.

South Korean Ki, who has represented his country 38 times, would also fit in with Liverpool club sponsors Standard Chartered’s stated aim of signing a high-profile player from the Far East as they seek to expand their operations in the Asian market.

The 22-year-old, particularly impressive in the SPL last season, would be tempted by a move to the Premiership and could potentially attract a fee around the £10m mark.

Blow to Damari hopes.

Neil Lennon’s hopes of signing Omer Damari have received a setback after his club upped the asking price for the 22-year-old Israeli international.

The Celtic boss was thought to be willing to go as high as £1.7m for the striker but Maccabi Petah Tivka have now stated they want £1m more than the Hoops are willing to pay. Chairman Amos Luzon says said he would be delighted to see Damari play for Celtic, but will not go below his valuation of the player.

“We have already had interest in our player from Maccabi Haifa and they were told the price is £2.7m”, he told the Sunday Express. “That figure will not be lowered and it will remain the same for any other club that is interested in Omar.”

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