Celtic could give Doyle his spark back - Lennon

The Scottish Premier League champions are keen to bring the Wolves striker to Parkhead after the club was relegated from the English Championship

Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle could be handed an escape route from Wolves after Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed the striker is top of his summer wish-list.

Doyle was the subject of an unsuccessful loan bid in January by the Scottish giants but after the midlands club plummeted into League One, they are now thought to be keen to offload some of their higher earners.

Lennon was in Dublin on Tuesday, June 4, to promote the pre-season friendly between Celtic and Liverpool on August 10 at the Aviva Stadium and revealed the club are ready to refresh their interest in the striker.

"I was looking to bring another striker in [January]. He fit the bill. He was having a bit of a tough time at Wolves and I thought coming to Celtic might re-energise him again, give him that zest for football again," Lennon told reporters.

"You don't lose the talent, it's a mentality thing. Sometimes you lose some confidence. You're just in an unhappy place.

"We felt that coming to Celtic might have given him that spark again, because he's definitely got quality. I see towards the end of the season he was banging goals in for Wolves. So whether we go again for him, we'll talk about and decide that later on."

The 29-year-old is not the only Irish international who is being linked to Parkhead however.

Richard Dunne is currently without a club having been released by Aston Villa but, despite admitting that he is a fan of the defender, Lennon feels his age may go against the club's transfer policy.

"I like Richard Dunne, I always have done," Lennon said. "He's a great player, a great Irish player.

"He's had a long time out with injury and just the way we go about our business now, his age might go against him.

"However, I am not ruling that one out. He's a player I have admired for a long, long time, but I am sure there will be a number of clubs pursuing his services.

"That's a player we will think about, but in terms of the direction we go, his age would probably rule him out of that."