Lennon calm about Nouioui

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 15:41 BST

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

Lennon calm about Nouioui

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 on Monday 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."

The Tunisian was the last addition to Lennon's squad this summer and followed the late arrivals of defender Efe Ambrose, striker Miku Fedor and goalkeeper Lubos Kamenar.

With a glut of games looming on the horizon, the Northern Irishman was glad to beef up his squad but, due to the international break,

he will have to wait until the day before Celtic's next SPL game, against St Johnstone a week on Saturday, before he gets all his players back together.

Lennon said: "Efe and Miku are away on international duty. Miku has two games with Venezuela, I think Efe may have just the one (with Nigeria). I hope they come back with a clean bill of health.

"It is really difficult for club managers, the transfer window shuts and we have them for one day - and then we don't see them for the next 10 days.

"I might only see them for one day so I don't know how much work I will be able to get into them before the campaign kicks off again.

"The last batch of international friendlies last month was probably the first international get together for quite a considerable period of time where the players have come back with a clean bill of health .

"So it is a worry. We want the players to go and be successful with their countries, we just hope that they all come back in one piece.

"We have seven games in 23 days starting from the St Johnstone game so that is a heavy schedule which is why we are so pleased to have bolstered the squad with the quality we have got.

"I have a good squad of young players and I have a wee bit more experience in vital areas and I have a goalkeeper in, Kamenar is in to bolster that department, so in terms of business that we did over the window, I am very pleased."

Speaking about Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in March, Lennon said: "He is in remission but he will be in for an intensive course of chemotherapy over the next few weeks. But he is a strong boy and a strong character and is handling it very well."