Celtic have enquired into the €8 million signing of Rennes midfielder James Léa Siliki, according to reports in France.
What’s the story?
Neil Lennon has begun his search for Olivier Ntcham’s replacement as the French midfielder touts himself for a move away from Celtic after describing Scottish football as beneath him and has turned his attention to Rennes midfielder Siliki. The 23-year-old has been at Rennes since 2014 and has made over 70 appearances for their first-team and Lennon looks to be a fan of Siliki, as do Portuguese outfit Porto.
Show of faith in the Northern Irishman
Lennon was hired as the manager of Celtic after securing a third consecutive domestic treble after defeating Hearts in the Scottish Cup final but was only handed a 12-month rolling contract at Parkhead. A 12-month rolling deal seems a sensible solution in a world where manager’s contacts are being terminated sooner and sooner but it’s hardly a show of great faith in their manager, as was the apparent chase for Rafa Benitez before appointing Lennon on a full-time deal.
However, the £7 million signing of Christopher Julien from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse and the reported interest in Siliki are signs that they trust Lennon given how heavily he’s involved in recruitment– despite the short-term nature of his deal.
Backing the Northern Irishman in the transfer market to reinvigorate a squad in desperate need of just that should show Lennon how valued he is by the club, unlike his contract. It should also allow for some long-term thinking at a club who are on the cusp of history having won eight consecutive league titles and winning the next two Premiership titles would rank as one of the greatest achievements in the club’s illustrious history.
Lennon should see this is as a positive even if they don’t bring in the Rennes midfielder that there is a mutual trust between manager and board at Celtic Park.