Southampton striker Sharp tempted by Neil Lennon’s Celtic interest

Southampton striker Billy Sharp has admitted that the prospect of European football with Scottish champions Celtic is tempting, reports The Daily Star.

Sharp joined Saints in 2012, but spent the vast majority of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, where he scored 11 goals in 31 games.

With Celtic having lost prolific striker Gary Hooper to Norwich, Sharp is a man that manager Neil Lennon feels can replace the 25-year-old. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to have told Sharp that he is not in his plans for first team football next season, and has advised the former Doncaster star to find another club.

Speaking to Sky Sports Weekend Preview Show, Sharp said: “Celtic is a massive club and attracts huge crowds. It is a massive club with European football, so why not.”

Doncaster were thought to be keen to take Sharp back to the Keepmoat Stadium in a loan deal this season, but Southampton rejected the offer – instead preferring a permanent deal.

With first-team football now looking unlikely for Sharp at St. Mary’s next season, a move definitely looks on the cards. Speaking about his lack of action recently, he said: “I feel really fit, but match fitness not too sure. Whatever happens I will decide when I cross that road, if it is Southampton or somebody else.”

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