Pukki, the 23-year-old Finland international, was paraded at Celtic Park after he finalised a four-year deal, but there was no such joy when Peterborough United angrily rejected three separate bids, rising to £1.2m, for forward Lee Tomlin, and Manchester United rebuffed a loan offer for their Dutch international left back Alexander Buttner.
Although Old Trafford boss David Moyes is pursuing another option in that position in the form of Leighton Baines of Everton, that deal may or may not go through in the next 48 hours, with the English transfer window not due to close until tomorrow night at 11pm.
Tomlin, a 24-year-old who has previously played for Leicester City and Rushden & Diamonds, was withdrawn halfway through his side's 2-0 defeat to Crawley yesterday, leaving Posh manager Darren Ferguson and chief executive Darragh MacAnthony claiming the Parkhead side had unsettled the player. "The third bid arrived during the game," said Ferguson. "If that's how Celtic want to do business that's up to them but it didn't do Lee any favours. The first bid they made was a waste of time anyway. They can't have watched him much over the past few years if that's all they think he is worth. He's not going anywhere anyway and he knows that."
"I used to be a Celtic fan," said MacAnthony. "Not after today. What a day."
Lennon admitted the interest in both players, but said there was no possibility of Emilio Izaguirre, a potential Everton target, leaving the club before tomorrow night. "Buttner is a player who came to our attention in the last day or so," he said. "But Emilio is going nowhere. We have only really got one recognised left back, so I need competition and cover there.
"We made a bid for Tomlin today and what I have heard it was rejected," he added. "I have known him for a while. He has got that big build but I watched him last year at Bolton and thought he was the best player on the field. He is a very, very good footballer and he has got goals in him as well."
Pukki, a player who has a goal in an international draw against Spain on his cv, joined a list of summer signings which includes Derk Boerrigter (£2m), Virgil van Dijk (£1.5m), Amido Balde (£1.5m), Nir Biton (£700,000), and Steven Mouyokolo (free), and said he couldn't wait to appear for his new club.
"I've heard really good things about this place and the club, also the stadium and the fans," he said. "It is going to be awesome to play there. Of course the Champions League is a big plus for me. As a player I want to be involved in it."
While one striker came in, Tony Watt - the scourge of Barcelona in last year's Champions League - last night finalised a season-long loan to Belgian side Lierse. It is thought one of the details of the arrangement includes an option to recall him in January.