CELTIC boss Neil Lennon insists he is happy with their summer transfer business and has warned rivals Rangers they will be even stronger than they were last season.
Lennon made centre-back Christopher Julien Celtic’s second most expensive signing when he paid Toulouse £7million to sign him at the end of June.
Defenders Boli Bolingoli and Hatem Abd Elhamed have also been brought in along with young midfielder Luca Connell.
And Lennon believes the new acquisitions, as well as the return to fitness of some key players, means they are already in a strong position ahead of their opening game of the Scottish Premiership season at home to St Johnstone today.
“We’ve strengthened in areas where we needed to and we’ve got the likes of [Leigh] Griffiths almost at full fitness, which we didn’t have the luxury of for a long time,” he said.
“Kieran [Tierney] is nearly fit, which again we missed, Tom Rogic, all those have to come into what we’ve already have seen so far.
“Mikey Johnston is making great progress, so in some aspects, we could even be stronger than we were at the end of last season.”
Celtic romped to the title last season as they finished nine points ahead of Rangers in second and won both the Scottish Cup and the League Cup to claim an historic third successive domestic treble.
Steven Gerrard’s side – who go to Kilmarnock tomorrow – are expected to push them much closer this time around.
Lennon is looking to guide them to a record-equaling ninth title in a row but claims his players are not feeling the pressure.
“They don’t really talk about it,” he added. “That’s for fans, media, it gives them something to talk about.
“We’ve asked the players whether it’s your first, fifth, seventh or ninth title, have you got the hunger to go again? You can see it in their eyes, they’re well set to go.”
Lennon also admitted he is expecting another offer from Arsenal for left-back Kieran ternary before the end of the transfer window after rejecting their first two bids.
“Normally these things tend to happen again,” he said.
“I imagine there will be offers coming in. For certain individual players, the asking price hasn’t been met and the clubs know what the asking price is. So until that valuation is met then thankfully we don’t have a decision to make.
“If we’re talking about Arsenal, they have five or six days to come back in with a revised offer.
“The closer it comes to the end of the window and then something crops up, we are prepared for that aspect of it, but it’s not welcome.”