Lennon won't sell trio
Neil Lennon has dismissed speculation that he is prepared to sell Celtic trio Kris Commons, Gary Hooper and Adam Matthews.
Last Updated: 09/01/12 9:26am
Neil Lennon has dismissed speculation that he is prepared to sell Celtic trio Kris Commons, Gary Hooper and Adam Matthews during the January transfer window.
Attacking duo Commons and Hooper have been linked with Championship leaders Southampton, while Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in Matthews.
All three players missed the Scottish Cup win over Peterhead on Sunday, but Lennon rejected reports that he is prepared to break up his squad.
"It's speculation," said Lennon. "I'm not interested in anyone being sold unless the club receives a knock-out offer.
"Kris will be in contention for a place against Dundee United next weekend. Gary missed Peterhead because of a niggle and so did Adam. James Forrest has a virus.
"The only one I was worried about was Joe Ledley, who had to go off after a challenge I wasn't happy with but I didn't think there was anything malicious about Peterhead.
"We did lose Beram Kayal to injury last week and you do worry about more problems being created.
"But we were quicker to the ball than the opposition and that can cause tackles to be mistimed. The referee booked three players and that's the way he called it.
"I was just happy to see Emilio Izaguirre get 90 minutes and see the team deliver a professional job to reach the next round. There was a good rhythm about us."