Neil Lennon insists he is “delighted with the strength and depth” of the Celtic team.

Scottish champion left Uruguay full-back Diego Laxalt added in the deadline, his sixth summer recruitment for the club.

While the number of players at Celtic Park has been curtailed, Lennon has kept his “big assets”.

“It was a very good window for us in terms of hiring players and retaining the players we wanted,” said the coach.

“I woke up very happy this morning. Pleased with the squad of players and definitely signed by Laxalt.

“We came out of the window very strong and had great depth. We kept our best players and added international quality.”

AC Milan defender Laxalt is Lennon’s third loan deal, alongside Shane Duffy and Mohamed El Yonosi’s return.

Around £ 12m was spent bringing Albian Ajeti, Vasilis Barkas and David Turnbull into permanent deals.

Lennon said, “Barkas is doing a great job, Daffy was exceptionally good and Turnbull is a wonderful young talent who will thrive here.” “I can keep talking about the players that we fell with.

“We kept Edward Odson, and we kept Christopher Agger, and Christie’s and McGregors. [Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor]. All of these players are big assets and it was difficult to do that when you think about the financial situation that there are a lot of clubs. “

Celtic has had an eight-game winning streak in all competitions since suffering a surprise defeat at home to Ferencvaros in the UEFA Champions League Qualifiers, with Lennon winning the League Coach award for September.

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Television analyst Charlie Nicholas criticized his former club’s summer spending in his column, stating that Lennon would be disappointed and that the Rangers had done a better job.

However, Celtic coach Nicholas was accused of being “negative about the club for years”.

“If we had signed Messi and Ronaldo, Charlie would have found a mistake in that,” he said.