O'Neill eyeing new faces
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is keen to add new faces to his squad this month.Celtic manager Martin O'Neill is keen to add new faces to his squad for the latter part of the season.
The former Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City and Leicester City boss watched his side grab a psychological edge over Old Firm rivals Rangers with a 2-1 Scottish Cup victory at Celtic Park on Sunday.
The Bhoys are three points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League table and despite being eliminated from European football at this stage of the campaign, O'Neill is also keen to tie up some of his squad players to new deals.
Striker John Hartson signed a new two-year contract extension at Parkhead last week and O'Neill is hoping Neil Lennon, Bobo Balde, Jackie McNamara, Rab Douglas and Joos Valgaeren will follow suit.
"To tell you the truth, I really wouldn't mind tying up the other players I would like to see stay at the football club or at least make them good offers, as we have done with Bobo [Balde]," O'Neill said.
"But despite winning this game and whatever psychological advantage has been gained, there were signs there that we could do with perhaps one or two players, if we can.
"We will keep trying and hopefully we can do something in the coming weeks.
"I have spoken to Jackie personally which sometimes gets lost in the other stuff.
"Rab has now come in and it is time to speak to Rab, but he has been doing well and has played three [games] on the trot.
"He got a bit of luck with Magnus Hedman being ill, but he took his chance and I have absolutely no problem with him."
O'Neill added that the strike partnership of Hartson and Chris Sutton does not receive the credit it deserves for the kind of football they play in attack.
"John and Chris enjoy playing together and they are both strong and have a physical presence," he added.
"Chris is a wonderful footballer and he can get the ball down and play and John is very nimble around the area.
"He tries to get round players and dink things in, so they have more than a physical presence.
"They can play with each other as they have proved, but people see them as strong centre forwards.
"But anybody who has seen Chris playing for years, not just at Celtic, but at Norwich and Blackburn Rovers, will know that he can play and he has been fantastic since coming here."