Lennon unfazed by Levante threats

Neil Lennon has dismissed the controversy surrounding new Celtic signing Lassad Nouioui as a "kerfuffle".

Lennon unfazed by Levante threats

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Deportivo Coruna's Lassad Nouioui celebrates his goal against Sevilla (Reuters)

The Hoops snapped up the 26-year-old Tunisia striker at the weekend but Spanish side Levante vowed to launch a legal challenge after accusing the ex-Deportivo La Coruna player of going back on a deal to sign with them.

Levante director Alberto Gil was quoted as saying: "Our club reserves the right to use legal matters to investigate this transfer. And it is possible it could be reported to FIFA.''

However, the Celtic boss, at Parkhead to publicise a cycle ride for former Hoops team mate Stiliyan Petrov in support of leukaemia and Lymphoma research, was relaxed about the situation.

"There is nothing really to say,'' he said. "He is a Celtic player who did his medical yesterday and he is training this morning at Lennoxtown with the rest of the players who are here and we are very pleased to have him.

"When the story broke about Levante we were involved in the game (against Hibernian on Saturday) but having spoken to Peter (Lawwell, Celtic chief executive) and his (Lassad's) advisors everything is above board, it is the way we do our business anyway.

"Whether another agent got involved I don't know, sometimes these people do get involved and sort of muddy the water a little bit but as far as we are concerned everything was done the right way.

"I don't know what repercussions there can be, certainly not on our part anyway. I am assuming that the player is aware of the kerfuffle.

"But I met him yesterday for the first time, we spoke for a lengthy period of time and Levante never came into the conversation once.''

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