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Rangers' Brandon Barker, right, with Andy King in training. Picture: SNS

Interview: New Rangers winger Brandon Barker on learning from Raheem Sterling, becoming a man at Hibs and those Celtic rumours

If you are seeking to become a winger who regularly finds the net, it is surely more than handy to have arguably the game’s foremost such practitioner as a confidante and inspiration. Brandon Barker is in that position, having arrived at Rangers this week after coming through the Manchester City system. It is a club where, in the new footballing parlance, Raheem Sterling has been posting some outrageous numbers across the two years since his £49million move from Liverpool.

The pundits are only doing their jobs, says Celtic's manager Neil Lennon. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Mellow Neil Lennon has no beef with ex-team-mate pundits who criticise Celtic

They like to give liberal use to that naff phrase ‘Celtic family’ at the home of the Scottish champions. As the fall-out from the club’s hara-kiri style Champions League qualifying exit to Cluj reached the thermonuclear level, Neil Lennon has been forced to face up to the fact that there is nothing quite like being turned on by your nearest and dearest.

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Scott Brown is confident that Celtic are now a more versatile side under Neil Lennon than they were last season. Picture: SNS.

Neil Lennon’s new forward thinking will help Celtic says Scott Brown

Celtic may not know exactly what to expect when they are pitted against Cluj tomorrow. However, club captain Scott Brown believes that their prospects in this Champions League third-round qualifying first leg, and across this ninth-title chasing season, have been enhanced by the fact that, under Neil Lennon, the Scottish champions themselves are far less easy to read than they became under Brendan Rodgers.

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