MIDFIELD misfit Youssouf Mulumbu has been released by Celtic – less than a year after joining as a free agent.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed the 32-year-old DR Congolese international’s exit with the champions activating a break clause in the contract.

Mulumbu was signed by ex-manager Brendan Rodgers, made only three appearances – one from the substitutes’ bench – during a disappointing period at Parkhead.

He was sent out on loan to Kilmarnock for the second half of the campaign and is currently with with his nation in Egypt at the African Cup of Nations.

But Mulumbu will not be returning to the eight-in-a-row title kings after Lennon admitted he had been released and will look for a new club.

Lennon, according to the Scottish Sun, made the situation clear when he said: “Mulumbu is a free. He is away, so there is no future for him here.”

The player caught the eye of Rodgers during his one-year stint at Killie prior to his switch to the Hoops.

One of his rare appearances came at Rugby Park last September when a stoppage-time goal from Stuart Findlay handed the Ayrshire outfit a 2-1 win.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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