Inside Celtic: Hoops players compete in internationals and Lennon eyes Norwegian youngster Markus Henriksen

Some member of the squad prepare for Euro 2012 and the champions look to bring in on-loan goalkeeper on permanent deal
By Martin Macdonald


There was a mixed bag of results as Celtic players left their Glasgow home to head out to compete with their national sides, as some members of the Hoops squad prepare for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Duo Georgios Samaras and Darren O’Dea featured for their respective nations at the weekend, as Greece drew 1-1 with Slovenia and Republic of Ireland claimed a 1-0 victory over Bosnia.

Adam Matthews was part of the Wales team that succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Mexico in a friendly, but it was the home nation of the Hoops, Scotland, that faired the worst.

Charlie Mulgrew and Scott Brown travelled to the United States with Craig Levein’s squad, but were demolished by the Americans in a disappointing 5-1 defeat, in which L.A Galaxy forward Landon Donovan netted a hat-trick.

South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng will feature for his country on Wednesday evening in a glamour friendly against Spain in Austria, as the Asian side prepare to face Qatar and Lebanon in 2014 World Cup qualifying.


Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the SPL champions' interest in 19-year-old Norwegian midfielder Markus Henriksen.

Henriksen, who has played six times for his national side, has become an integral squad member of Norwegian team Rosenborg. The Northern Irish boss is eager to bring the youngster to Scotland and told reporters:

"We have not made any contact with the club yet but he is a player we admire. We do like the player, but I do not know if we will be able to get a bid going in the next few days or not.”

Lennon went on to say that although he was content with his current crop of players, he would still be targeting some summer recruits.

“We are pretty happy with the nucleus of the squad we have. The club is in a good state at the minute, but we would like to bring two or three bits of quality in to add to that," added the Hoops boss.


Neil Lennon has spoken of his hope that a deal can be done to bring in Fraser Forster on a permanent deal sooner rather than later.

The Englishman has been on loan at Celtic for the past two seasons and has impressed between the sticks for the Glasgow side. His performances have made the Northern Irish boss look to bring him in on a long-term deal.

“His agent is in on Wednesday so we are hoping we can move things on pretty quick.  We have been delighted with him in the two years he has been here and are hoping we can bed him down for another two or three after that," enthused Lennon.

The 24-year-old has already made 90 appearances for Celtic, and this season kept the most clean sheets in Scotland as his club won the Scottish Premier Division.