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Last updated: Thursday, 27 August, 2020, 13:12

  • Celtic suffered a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Ferencvaros last night
  • The Hoops are reportedly interested in signing a Liverpool striker
  • A Hibs winger has signed a HUGE new deal at Easter Road
  • Rangers winger Ryan Kent continues to be linked with a move to Leeds United

Neil Lennon reacts to Celtic’s SHOCK Champions League exit

"We seem to have made the same mistakes as last year," Lennon said.

"The first goal we can maybe legislate for a little bit, but the second goal is really poor decision-making.

"I don't know if it's attitude or mentality but it's cost us again. I'll have to carry the can, and take the responsibility for it."

"The game was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be, but we didn't take our chances and we had plenty of them," Lennon told BBC Scotland.

"I'm not saying Ferencvaros are a bad team - they're not - but we had so much control we should have won. That doesn't make us weak, it doesn't make me weak, but people will cast aspersions."

Asked what message he would give to his players, Lennon added: "Get your mentality right, get your attitude right. If some of you don't want to be here, leave."

Asked if his impression was some players don't want to be at the club, he responded: "In some cases."

Ex-Rangers man Kris Boyd mocks Celtic on Instagram

Celtic linked with Atletico Madrid forward

Celtic are reportedly admirers of Atletico Madrid forward Ivan Saponjic , according to Sky Sports.

A report states the Hoops would consider a move for the 23-year-old if they can’t keep hold of talisman Odsonne Edouard.

The report also claims that the Serbian attacker is open to swapping Spain for the United Kingdom in search of first-team football.

Ex-Hibs star makes Alfredo Morelos claim

Tam McManus has stated Rangers manager Steven Gerrard lost patience with Alfredo Morelos.

He told the PLZ Soccer Show:

“I think Steven Gerrard has now got options and he can drop him.

“I just don’t think he could have dropped him in the first couple of games, he had nobody else, [Jermain] Defoe was out injured.

“Once Cedric Itten and Roofe came in the door, he’d options and he could drop him.

“I think now he’s going to go, I think Rangers will be looking to get him out of the door because they have got two guys in there who can fill in and score goals.

“They just couldn’t do it, they couldn’t drop him and I think he has had to humour him, Steven Gerrard, over the last three or four weeks, five weeks, he has had to humour him and put up with maybe his nonsense in training or not putting it all in.

“Now he’s got these two boys in, he’s had enough and he has just said ‘listen, you’re not involved in the squad’.

“He can be a disruptive influence, in terms of the squad and training sessions and all that.

“So, obviously Steven Gerrard has had enough, he has lost his patience and now I think he is finished at Rangers.”

HUGE news for Hibs yesterday

Ryan Kent to Leeds United latest

Leeds United are weighing up a second bid for Rangers winger Ryan Kent, according to the Daily Star.

The report states the Whites’ second offer could be in the region of £15 million.

The player is reportedly not looking to leave Ibrox but would be willing to join Leeds United should a bid be accepted.

Celtic are interested in Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi, according to the Daily Star.

The Scottish champions are eyeing up a move for the 23-year-old Nigerian who would cost around £9million

John Barnes on Celtic European exit

Barnes, speaking to BonusCodeBets, said: "Celtic haven’t properly competed in European competitions for a number of years and it is going to be hard for them to do so.

"In some years, Celtic have managed to get into the group stages and if they can get through the knockout rounds like they have done only a couple of times in the last 10-15 years, that is all they can hope for.

"For Celtic this season, the most important thing is for them to get to 10 league titles in a row which is something that has never been done before.

"With Rangers getting closer to Celtic, and the fact they are getting closer each season, Neil Lennon will much prefer to try to cement the 10 titles in a row, rather than having a good European run.” 

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