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Lennon praises Celtic's kids

Celtic manager Neil Lennon praised his young players after they made up the bulk of the side which beat Liverpool 1-0 in Ireland.

Last Updated: 11/08/13 at 16:36 Post Comment

Young Hoops celebrate Balde's winner in Dublin

Young Hoops celebrate Balde's winner in Dublin

With a vital Champions League double-header coming up against Shakhter Karagandy, the Northern Irishman chose to field an inexperienced line-up for the 'Dublin Decider'.

Of the team which edged out Elfsborg to book their trip to Kazakhstan, only Emilio Izaguirre and Mikael Lustig started in a side made up mainly of the Hoops' emerging talent.

And a 12th-minute goal from rarely-used new recruit Amido Balde was enough to secure victory against their vastly-experienced opponents.

Speaking after the game, Lennon said: "Probably the younger players have learned a lot about themselves and I couldn't have asked any more from them really.

"I thought first half we were really good but we flagged a little bit at the end and we were probably fortunate to win.

"I've looked at the performance overall and thought they can compete at this level. I won't get carried away with it obviously but there were some great performances.

"The quality Liverpool has you are always going to be on the back foot and I thought we could have done better when we broke the play up but we rushed our first pass but that is only a wee criticism.

"We defended well as a unit and our goalkeepers made some good saves when needed."

Lennon singled out match-winner Balde for special praise adding: "Amido was immense. He gave Kolo Toure and Andre Wisdom all sorts of problems.

"He was aggressive, strong, quick and took his goal great and that gave us real platform."

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sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

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eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

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ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

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