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Griffiths in Lennon's sights

Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits he could make a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leigh Griffiths after hitting the "buffers" with other transfer targets.

Griffiths has been found out of favour under Kenny Jackett recently at the Molineux, making just 17 League One starts, with Kevin Doyle taking precedence.

The Edinburgh-born forward spent almost two seasons on loan with Hibernian between 2011 and 2013, scoring 31 goals in 66 appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.

However, with reports Lennon's attempt to bring in a European striker failed, the Hoops manager is turning his attention to other options.

When quizzed by the Daily Record on the possibility of signing Griffiths, Lennon said: "He is highly thought of, put it that way."

Lennon admits Celtic were in pursuit of a goal-scorer but despite being disappointed with the outcome, the Northern Irishman is ready to look elsewhere.

Buffers

"We hit the buffers with one," he added.

"It ended quite abruptly which was disappointing because we thought he was a very good player.

"I wouldn't say we were far down the line but we had done a lot of work on it.

"In the end, it was no dice. It was a striker but it's dead in the water so we'll move on to the next one."

Although claiming progress is being made in the search for striking options, Lennon remains on coy on his targets.

"We've made a couple of calls to clubs but there have been no direct offers yet," he said. "We are working on getting one or two players in next week.

"It's difficult to say you have a number one or two choice but the particular player we missed out on our list and one we wanted.

"We just couldn't get the deal done."

Mistake

While Lennon concentrates on bringing players in, the Celtic boss revealed striker Mohamed Bangura is set to leave Parkhead after struggling to secure a regular first-team berth.

"Bangura could leave in the window. It's in his best interests to go and play first-team football," he added.

"It's reasonable to say that he doesn't have a future here.

"You're never going to get every signing right. Every manager, even the greats, have made a mistake or two along the way."

One player Celtic have been linked with during the January transfer window is Norwich City's , speculation Lennon was quick to dismiss.

"We've not spoken to Snodgrass' representatives or his club, so the stories must be coming from down there," he claimed.

"But there are a couple of players here in Scotland. Again, though, we haven't made any direct contact."