Neil Lennon admits that Islam Feruz has had his head turned


Earlier this month, we exclusively revealed that Islam Feruz was on his way out of Celtic Park with Chelsea his destination. Despite one claim to the contrary by Chick Young and several allegations via twitter that we had made the whole thing up, Celtic manager Neil Lennon has now stated to STV Sport, that the Somali-born striker could quit Glasgow and that the player’s agent had unsettled the player and could now leave the club for a more lucrative deal in England.

As we mentioned in our report on the 5th August, the striker would be eligible to sign professional terms next month as he turns 16, but according to our source: “Feruz informed his team mates that he was away to Chelsea and on £2,500 per week. As well as sharing a penthouse flat near Stamford Bridge, along with another new Chelsea signing.”

Under English FA rules, Feruz cannot not sign professional terms with Chelsea and would therefore stay on youth terms for one more year when he turns 17.

Lennon also admitted that the striker had not been seen at the club since the summer, after we revealed on our twitter page that Feruz was not part of the Celtic Under-17 Galway Cup tournament squad nor the Under-19 squad that faced Hibernian over the weekend.

Lennon said: “It’s going to be very difficult for us to hold onto him. That’s the situation at the minute. I would rather discuss it at another time when everything is clear. At the minute, I haven’t seen Islam since the start of the season. We’ve done everything we can to keep the player. I think we’ve done more than enough to make him feel at home here. He does have other people in the background who are advising him. My take on it is they are advising him wrongly. But we seem to be powerless in that situation.”

Source: STV Sport


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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