Scottish Premier League: Celtic boss Neil Lennon targets World Cup signings
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said he is looking to scout players personally at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
Last Updated: 28/03/14 8:40pm
Despite clinching their 45th Scottish title last weekend, the futures of several Celtic players are uncertain with Greece striker Georgios Samaras, Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Fraser Forster all linked with moves away from Celtic Park.
Lennon signed Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre after the club's scouts had been impressed with the 27-year-old's performances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Lennon admitted he expected Samaras to "be playing his football elsewhere" next season, and so the Northern Irishman is determined to go to Brazil himself this summer.
"We watched Emilio at the World Cup in 2010, particularly against Spain and he played very well against Jesus Navas," he said. "Obviously we decided to take him in and he has proved to be a very good buy for us.
"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. 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. The last one I went to was France 1998."
Celtic will celebrate their Scottish Premier League title when they host Ross County on Saturday before their final game before the league splits, away to Dundee United, which is live on Sky Sports 3HD from 12.30pm on Saturday 5 April.