Celtic boss needs funds, says Wilson

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 September, 2012, 3:43am


Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson has urged the club's board to back manager Neil Lennon with funds after the Hoops sealed their place in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in four years.

The Parkhead side's unbeaten start to the season continued as they defeated Helsingborg 2-0 to book a place in Europe's elite competition.

It is back to league duty today as Wilson and his teammates take on second-place Hibernian at Celtic Park.

And the English defender feels Lennon needs some of the millions Celtic will receive from European qualification to strengthen the squad if they are to compete on the domestic and European fronts. "I think he deserves it," Wilson said. "We've got a great squad but there are a lot of games coming up. We are playing in the league, in cups and in the Champions League.

"But I suppose it is a question for the manager. I don't know what happens behind the scenes, but I think he deserves to get whatever he wants now.

"For me, the squad is strong but a few more would certainly give us a bit of depth."

Only goal difference separates Celtic from their visitors today, although Hibs have played a game more than the Parkhead outfit.

After an opening day defeat by Dundee United, Pat Fenlon's men have recovered well to sit second in the Scottish Premier League.

However, a loss to Second Division Queen of the South in midweek knocked the Easter Road side out of the League Cup and brought a promising run of results to an abrupt halt.

Fenlon now has to lift his crestfallen players for their clash with the champions and striker Leigh Griffiths has warned his teammates they face a heavy defeat against the Hoops if they do not up their game.