NEIL Lennon has opened the door to a sensational return to Celtic; Parkhead boss Ronny Deila calls for “peaceful” Old Firm match ahead of next Sunday’s League Cup tie; Rangers boss Kenny McDowall admits his side are underdogs against Celtic, plus the rest of today’s football news and gossip
I would come back to Celtic - Neil Lennon
Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that the possibility of a return to Parkhead one day would be one he would consider.
The Bolton manager, who masterminded a 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Saturday, said: “There’s no question I would go back to Celtic. I’m not saying it will ever happen, but if the opportunity came along and I was ready for it, I wouldn’t have any hesitation.
“There is always a huge part of me that will always have an affinity with Celtic. It was tumultuous, it was exciting, it was breathtaking at times, it was everything you wanted it to be. There were feelings you will probably never replicate again in your life.” (The Sun on Sunday)
Deila wants ‘peaceful’ Old Firm match
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has called for a trouble-free match between his side and Old Firm rivals Rangers when the two sides meet for the first time in nearly three years.
“Football should be peaceful,” the Norwegian said. “Football is entertainment, it is culture. It is very good with emotions and that should be shown, no problem. But it has to be peaceful. That is the most important thing. Because we have responsibility for everyone – especially children. We have to be role models for them. That is why I hope it is going to be a fantastic atmosphere and a good football match.” (Scotland on Sunday)
Rangers are underdogs, admits McDowall
There was no flim-flam from Kenny McDowall when asked the other day how he felt about his Championship team being written off ahead of next Sunday’s League Cup semi-final with the Premiership league leaders.
“I can understand that, and there is probably as big a gap between the teams as there has ever been,” said the acting Rangers manager. “Celtic are favourites for it and rightly so.”
He added: “We are not used to being underdogs, but this time we are. We are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can put in a performance and get ourselves into a final.” (Scotland on Sunday)
Celtic: I’m not being greedy, insists Kris Commons
Kris Commons has insisted he is not being unreasonable with his demands for a new contract at Celtic.
Scotland’s reigning Player of Year remains at loggerheads with the Scottish champions over a renewal of his existing deal, which expires at the end of this season.
“I certainly hope to stay but it’s not in my hands,” said Commons. “It’s in the hands of Celtic, maybe. Peter Lawwell, the board, they have all got a part to play if they want me to stay for the next couple of years.
“I’ve said I don’t want to leave – this is where I belong. I’m very comfortable here. This is the strangest position I have ever been in. I feel it is strange when you ask for a little bit and you don’t get it. If I was asking for the world, I would think my future lay elsewhere. But I don’t feel as if I’m being greedy.” (Scotland on Sunday)
Get used to boos, McNamara tells Mackay-Steven
Jackie McNamara has told Gary Mackay-Steven that the abuse he received when playing for Dundee United in their 3-1 win over Motherwell will become more common.
Mackay-Steven made his first appearance since signing a pre-contract deal with Celtic to join them in the summer as he made a substitute appearance at Tannadice.
McNamara said: “Gary will have to live with that. It was kind of mixed anyway - some were cheering, some were booing. They will do that if he misses a sitter anyway!” (Sunday Mail)
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