Neil Lennon eyes Celtic transfer raid and Dundee United standout Ross Graham features on Rapid wishlist

Neil Lennon is set to raid former club Celtic for Stephen Welsh to kickstart his Rapid Bucharest transfer spree - with Dundee United's Ross Graham also a target in a Scottish football double swoop.

The former Hoops boss was unveiled as the manager of the Romanian club this week and will be given plenty of scope to use the transfer market to improve the club's fortunes after finishing sixth this season. And reports in Romania have already named the Scottish defensive duo as his first targets.

Welsh, 24, still has three years left of his Hoops deal and the back-up defender would have to agree to join on loan. He was handed his Celtic debut by Lennon four years ago and his second-ever start for Celtic came in an Old Firm defeat against Rangers. United stopper Graham is out of contract and would be available on a free. He was in talks with United boss Jim Goodwin about signing a new deal at Tannadice. Meanwhile, Romania's Under 21s manager Daniel Pancu has already written off Lennon's chances of being a success at Rapid Bucharest because of the size of the task.

Pancu said: "It's an extraordinary coup for Rapid to bring in a coach of the standing of Neil Lennon. I am convinced that he is a very good coach, a coach who has also managed in the Champions League, he also has a victory against Barcelona, but under different conditions, with other players.

"But with Rapid, the demands will be very high. They will demand to win the title. And you can't immediately go from 6th place to 1st place. I am sure he will aim for the title, but Rapid has no spine to the team now. The only way he could win the league would be if they spent a lot of money."