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SCOTS CAP STAR IS NO-GO FOR HOOPS

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CELTIC boss Neil Lennon will NOT be making a move for Ryan Fraser who is poised to leave Bournemouth at the end of his contract.

The Scotland international winger was linked with the nine-in-a-row title winners at the weekend when bookies made the Hoops favourites to sign the ex-Aberdeen star.

However, Lennon has no intention of getting involved in a bidding war for the pint-sized 25-year-old forward who is reportedly looking for a six-figure weekly pay packet.

Liverpool, newly-crowned English champions after 30 years in the title wilderness, Arsenal and Spurs are among the frontrunners for the flanker.

Lennon is hoping to develop Mikey Johnston in the new season and wants to hold onto Southampton loan star Mohamed Elyounoussi, who is also attracting attention from Spanish duo Sevilla and Real Betis.

On the goalkeeping front, the Parkhead men will step up their efforts to land Fraser Forster on a permanent basis, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

WANTED MAN…Fraser Forster is Celtic’s No.1 priority.

Until now, the Hoops have been in talks over extending his loan deal that ends tomorrow and he will be due to return to Southampton before the end of the week.

The fans’ favourite, 32, still has two years to go on his lucrative deal, but Saints are looking to cut costs and that’s seen Parkhead chiefs step up negotiations in the past week.

Former England No.1 Joe Hart, 33, has also been been linked with Lennon’s side and will be a free agent tomorrow when he leaves Burnley.

Meanwhile, thirty-seven-year-old Craig Gordon, who rejected an extension when his deal expired at the start of this month, has confirmed his exit from Scotland’s title kings.

MEDALLION MAN…Craig Gordon celebrates after a League Cup success.

In an emotional Instagram post, the ex-Scotland No.1 said: “The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible.

“The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since.

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different.

“The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you.

“My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud.

“At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge.

“Thank you, again.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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