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Celtic's Neil Lennon to scout at Brazil World Cup as Georgios Samaras 'likely' to leave

Updated: Friday, 28 Mar 2014 20:46 | Comments

Georgios Samaras' Celtic days appear to be coming to an end
Georgios Samaras' Celtic days appear to be coming to an end

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Neil Lennon will cast an eye on the World Cup in Brazil this summer in an attempt to find another gem like Emilio Izaguirre to bolster his Celtic team for next season.

The 27-year-old Honduras left-back was signed from Motagua in his homeland in the wake of his displays at the World Cup in South Africa four years ago and has developed into an integral part of the Hoops' side.

After Celtic clinched their third successive title with a 5-1 win over Partick Thistle at Firhill on Wednesday night, Lennon turned his attention to next season and what he will have to do to replenish his squad.

The Northern Irishman admitted that "it is looking more and more likely" that Greece forward Georgios Samaras, who is out of contract at the end of the season "will be playing his football elsewhere," and there is speculation about the future of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and keeper Fraser Forster.

However, Lennon knows where he might find replacements.

Ahead of the visit of Ross County on Saturday, he said: "We watched Emilio at the World Cup in 2010, particularly against Spain and he played very well against Navas.

"Obviously we decided to take him in and he has proved to be a very good buy for us.

"So there is no question that the World Cup may come to our advantage but I am sure 100 per cent of all the managers will be saying the same thing.

"I would like to go. The last one I went to, France 1998, the opening game of the World Cup was between Scotland and Brazil, so even though it is the other side of the world I may look at the opportunity of going at some stage to do some scouting."

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