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Celtic Boss Lennon slams red card as ‘soft’

Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon has criticised Barcelona’s Neymar for his role in Scott Brown’s dismissal, during last night’s Champions League tie.

Celtic captain Brown was shown a red card by referee Stephane Lannoy for an apparent kick at the Brazillian, in the 59th minute.

The match was decided by a 75th minute header from Cesc Fabregas; yet Celtic was left fuming after the controversial sending off.

While Brown’s initial foul was a clear yellow card, whether or not there was any intended malice or contact thereafter was unclear.  Yet Neymar’s reaction seemed to convince the French referee that another grievous offence had been committed.

“There’s no question it was a foul,” said Lennon in the post-match interview. “The referee was going to book Scott for the initial foul. Then the tap, if you want to call it that – is it dangerous play? I’m not so sure.”

Celtic had… Continue reading →

Celtic Agree Pukki Fee

Celtic manager Neil Lennon moved a step closer to off-setting the recent loss of Gary Hooper up-front with the agreement of a fee for Schalke’s Finnish forward Teemu Pukki today.

The 23-year-old has been a target for the Glasgow giants ever since Hooper defected to English Premier League side Norwich City earlier in the transfer window and it appears Celtic are now on the verge of sealing the deal for his long-term replacement.

Pukki enjoyed spells with Sevilla and HJK Helsinki before a move to the Bundesliga in 2011. However, the Finland international has played a largely peripheral role in Germany and will jump at the chance to feature regularly at Celtic Park.

Lennon’s side secured their spot in the Champions League proper this week with a second-leg comeback victory over Shakhtar Karagandy and will need several reinforcements to make a good fist of it on the European stage, as… Continue reading →

Crystal Palace sign goalkeeper Neil Alexander

Alexander is the eighth signing this summer for Crystal Palace

The newly-promoted Crystal Palace have added 35-year-old goalkeeper Neil Alexander to their squad on a free transfer.

The Scottish goalkeeper was released by Glasgow Rangers at the end of last season and says he is relieved to have found a club, after signing a one-year deal at Selhurst Park.

“It has been a really tough summer. I had no idea what was going to happen and as the season got closer I wondered if I’d get a club,” he said.

Alexander, who has three Scotland international caps, spent much of his time at Ibrox Park as Allan McGregor’s understudy. However, following McGregor’s departure from the club in the wake of Rangers’ demotion to the Scottish Third Division, Alexander became the first-choice ‘keeper.

A break-down in contract negotiations at the end of last season saw Alexander’s exit. Having been just one… Continue reading →

Football’s oldest rivalry: England vs Scotland

The Tartan Army is back, and would love nothing more than to beat the old enemy

England host Scotland at Wembley tomorrow evening, which marks the first match between the two nations for over a decade. But is this just another friendly to add to an already-full calendar, or the re-kindling of a classic football rivalry?

The two countries have met 110 times in the past, and Scotland has a slight historical edge over its southern neighbours, with 45 wins to England’s 41.

England versus Scotland internationals have produced some classic matches in the past, such as England’s Paul Gascoigne-inspired EURO 96 victory and Scotland’s unofficial World Championship win at Wembley in 1967.

The last time the two countries met was in November 1999, when Don Hutchison scored to give the Scots a 1-0 win at Wembley in the second leg of a EURO 2000 play-off.

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Kelvin Close To Forest Return

 

Glasgow Celtic centre-back Kelvin Wilson is on the verge of a return to former club Nottingham Forest, two years after leaving the City Ground.

Despite being a regular for the majority of his stay in Scotland, Wilson feels ready to move back to his hometown club.

The powerful defender featured in 50 games across all competitions last season, contributing to a fine campaign in which Celtic won a league and cup double, as well as reaching the last-16 stage of the UEFA Champions League against all odds.

Celtic signed two additions to the back-line this summer and have enough cover to reluctantly allow fans’ favourite Wilson to leave.

Forest are attempting to build a side capable of challenging for automatic promotion under the motivational guidance of Billy Davies, also in his second spell with the former European Cup winners.

Wilson’s Champions League experience with Celtic will prove invaluable, as… Continue reading →

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