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Desmond predicting a bright future for Celtic

MAJORITY shareholder Dermot Desmond claims Celtic are the best performing club on and off the pitch in Britain and predicts a "visionary" future on the international arena.

Desmond this week celebrates 20 years with Celtic after joining forces with Fergus McCann to help rescue the club from going out of business under an intransigent and unpopular board.

Celtic are now arguably in their most stable financial position and Desmond feels the next 20 years can be even brighter.

Desmond said: "We have got financial stability, good organisational structures as far as scouting, development squad and coaching go. We have a vision of how we want to keep on improving the playing squad.

"If you look at the squads over the past few years, they are getting better and better each year."

The Irishman also hailed Neil Lennon as a "first-class manager" and Peter Lawwell as a "wonderful chief executive, as good as you will find in any club in the world".

"I see the club getting stronger on the playing field. I see the club being visionary in developing internationally. And I see the Celtic fans and the club having a partnership that will be a model for all other football clubs."

Meanwhile, Celtic have arranged a friendly against Bayer Leverkusen at Helsinki's Olympic Stadium on Saturday, August 2.