Manager remains upbeat after Hibs draw
By: Laura Brannan on 01 Sep, 2012 18:14
ON an afternoon Celtic had to settle for a share of the points with Hibernian, Neil Lennon has announced another signing prospect which will bolster the squad.
He is hopeful Tunisian striker, Lassad Nouioui, will arrive in Glasgow this evening (Saturday), where he will undergo a medical and hopefully become the club's fourth signing in 24 hours.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw with Hibs, the manager said: "We are hoping to get Lassad in. We have had clarification from his advisors that he will be in Glasgow this evening.
"We have agreed terms and the paperwork is done so we just need him in for the medical. He hasn’t had a club since the end of last season so we need to gauge his physical condition and take it from there.
"He´s 6"2 and leads the line very well. He can play inside or outside the box and can head it very well. We´ve liked him for a wee while.
"He has a decent record, I know most of his goals have come in the second layer of Spanish football but it is still a really good standard. He has played for Deportivo for the last couple of seasons and scored 30 or 40 goals. He will bring another dimension to the team that we´ve missed."
Despite Mikel Lustig putting the Hoops ahead twice in the match, Hibs came from behind twice to get a share of the spoils at Celtic Park. But despite the disappointing result, the manager wasn´t downbeat about the performance.
"It´s been a great week and bar the two goals I was pretty pleased with the performance," he said. We murdered them in the first half but if you miss easy chances and give away goals in the nature we did then you´re going to fight to win the game.
"We missed simple chance after simple chance today but I was really pleased with some of the performances and I think we can count ourselves very unlucky not to win the game today.
"We played some great attacking football, particularly in the first half and we should have been out of sight at half time.
"We´ve hit the bar, hit the pots, Tony (Watt) has been one-on-one with the goalkeeper, so was Paddy (McCourt) in the second half and then Filip (Twardzik) flashed one over the bar. So on chances alone we could have won two games today. I´m not angry, I´m just a little bit annoyed with it that’s all."
Domestic football will now take a break for the international games next week, and the timing will suit some those on the injury list, especially Victor Wanyama who came off at half time.
"We´ve lost Victor to injury as well," he said. "There´s no doubt we missed him. He´s had a dead leg for quite a while and has been playing through it. It´s not majorly serious but it´s one that prevented him playing in the second half today."