Lennon looking to keep duo
Neil Lennon has confirmed Celtic are looking to secure Georgios Samaras and Mark Wilson on new deals.
Last Updated: 25/02/11 4:00pm
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club are looking to secure Georgios Samaras and Mark Wilson on new deals.
Both are out of contract in the summer and could leave on free transfers if fresh terms are not agreed.
Samaras' form has been stellar of late with a number of eye-catching displays, including a brace in a 2-0 win at Rangers.
Lennon has been delighted with the Greece international's form and knows it is a plus that the striker wants to stay at Parkhead.
"We would like to sign something," explained Lennon. "Negotiations are ongoing. I think we're getting closer to getting him signed.
"We've had talks with him. His representative is coming over hopefully next week.
"Hopefully we can get that done because we're very, very pleased with him.
"He's got fantastic attributes. He wants to be here, which is pleasing from our point of view and we want him here.
"It's just a case of getting the negotiations tallied up."
Lennon has also been pleased with Wilson's displays and wants to resolve his future towards the back end of the SPL campaign.
"I spoke to Mark this morning and we're very pleased with his form," he continued on Wilson.
"We will try to get his bedded down towards the end of the season."
Arch rivals Rangers announced this week that Ally McCoist would succeed Walter Smith at the helm next season, although Lennon cannot wish him the best of luck due to their intense rivalry.
"It's a great honour for him," he concluded. "The club means a hell of a lot to him.
"I would like to wish him well but obviously being the Celtic manager it is a bit difficult to do that.
"But it is a job I'm sure he has longed for a while and I'm sure he will make a good job of it.
"He has learned from a great manager, he has international experience, he has been at Ibrox for three seasons so he has earned his stripes.
"He might bring a different vibe to the club than Walter but Walter has made the template which he will follow.
"It is a big responsibility. The buck stops with you at the end of the day.
"He will have to answer the criticism that comes your way but he will know all that and he will know the Old Firm environment better than most people so I don't think the transition will be too difficult."