Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed his interest in Japanese striker Hiroki Yamada, as the Scottish champions are eying up a move for the Jubilo Iwata midfielder.

Yamada hasn't played any games this season for the Japanese club, but in his previous season scored nine goals in 31 league games from midfield, and in his three year career has played 77 times for the team sitting second from bottom in the J-League.

Lennon stated to Sky Sports that they've watched footage of the player, and liked what they've seen.

"We're looking to bring him over and take a look at him, as we've seen some footage of him," the Celtic boss commented.

The Bhoys already have a number of midfielders in their side in the likes of Scott Brown and Kris Commons, but that is where their weakest point lies, as the 24-year-old midfielder can offer a different side to their game, as he is an adventurous player who likes a shot at goal.

But before Lennon makes a confirmed offer for the midfielder, they want to trial Yamada with the rest of the team.

He added: "It is always good to see him up against the rest of the players, and see how he copes."

Celtic sit top of the SPL, five points ahead of Inverness CT, having won three of their last five games in all competitions.

Bu the Scottish club sit bottom of their champions league group, however, bounced back in the Scottish Cup to beat Hearts 7-0 away from home.

Lennon concluded that the 24-year-old is a dynamic player, but he isn't taking any chances yet with the signing.

"He can play on the left side or off the striker. He looks okay but we won't have a real idea until we see him over here."

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