Celtic boss Lennon scolds Wanyama for Premier League talk

The Kenyan midfielder was quoted suggesting he is looking to act on rumoured interest from English Premier League clubs, provoking an angry response from his boss

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has responded irately to Victor Wanyama’s confession to reporters that he is looking to leave the SPL champions.

The Kenyan midfielder was a star performer in the Glasgow giants' title-winning season, having joined the club last summer from Belgian side Beerschot AC.

This form is said to have attracted the attention of several English Premier League clubs, and the 21-year-old informed reporters, whilst on international duty, that he would be keen to make the move south of the border – a revelation which has angered his boss.

Lennon told the Sunday Mail: "The rules are made clear before the lads go away. At any time of the year players should not be talking about club business when they are away with their international teams."

"That goes for a few of the others and I am not just singling out Victor on this but he knows the club policy. It is difficult sometimes when they get asked questions but they should just bat them off really. Victor is due back on July 11 and will meet us on tour in Germany.

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"It does not surprise me that there is interest in Victor as he had an incredible season. We think he is a great player but I'm just not happy about the way things have been dealt with. As far as we are concerned Victor is not going anywhere as he signed a long-term contract."

Lennon also revealed that the club are hoping to tie down the future of another key man, top goalscorer Gary Hooper.

The English striker has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Southampton, but Lennon explained that talks are already underway regarding a contract extension at Celtic Park.

"We had a meeting with Gary's representatives in May. I am assuming talks will start again," he said.

"At 24, Gary still has plenty of progress left in him."