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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: CELTIC FLOP 1: FRANCE BECKONS; CELTIC FLOP 2: ‘BALLON D’OR’, McKENNA ‘DISAPPOINTED’, HEARTS IN KEEPER SWOOP

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CELTIC flop Youssouf Mulumbu is heading for France with Ligue I sides Nimes and Dijon interested in the DR Congo international midfielder.

Neil Lennon ripped up the 32-year-old’s contract in the summer, despite 12 months still to run after his disappointing initial season at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers signed Mulumbu as a free agent in August 2018, but he made only three appearances for the Hoops and spent the second half of last season on loan at one of his previous clubs, Kilmarnock.

However, the player is about to resurrect his career in France, according to the local media’s Foot RDC.

Mulumbu started his career at Paris Saint-Germain before moving to West Brom in 2009 and he also had a stint at Norwich City before he landed a one-year deal at Rugby Park from his former Hawthorns boss Steve Clarke.

He made an impression on Rodgers when the champions met the Ayrshire side on February 3 2018 and he claimed the only goal of the game during an outstanding 90-minute performance.

However, he failed to replicate that form at Scotland’s title kings and Lennon released him in June.

SCOTT ALLAN, who didn’t kick a ball in the Celtic first team last season, is being touted for the Ballon d’Or after Hibs’ 6-1 nosedive against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

The one bright light in an awful performance from the Easter Road side was a laserbeam through ball from the midfielder that sliced the Gers rearguard and was tucked away by Daryl Horgan to make it 2-1 at the interval before the roof fell in on the visitors after the turnaround.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admitted he would have proud to put his name to that pass when he praised the Hoops flop’s performance.

The cultured playmaker, according to the Evening Times, has been number one trend in the country as fans urged FIFA to take note of the player’s telling contribution.

One said: “If Scott Allan isn’t shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or then it will be the biggest injustice to football ever”.

Another offered: “Think what we need here is Scott Allan to be given the Ballon d’Or, a Knighthood & the freedom of Edinburgh for that pass when his team got pumped 6-1 & it was the only thing he did in the entire 90 minutes…”

One joked: “Is Scott Allan’s assist DVD out yet? Asking for a friend”.

A fourth added: “Whens Hibs opentop bus for Scott Allan’s pass?”

Edinburgh boss Paul Heckinbottom might not have been so impressed – he replaced Allan with Florian Kamberi in the  67th minute.

SCOTT McKENNA was disappointed when Aberdeen rejected his transfer and blocked a big-money move to the English Championship with Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest vying for his services.

Derek McInnes commended the Scotland international centre-half for accepting the news and buckling down to the task at hand.

McKenna was a £3million target for the Hillsborough club on deadline day last Thursday – and then went out and performed well against Rijka in Croatia, despite the 2-0 defeat.

The Dons boss, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “The boy has been through the mill over the last couple of weeks and I think he has handled a lot of things admirably.

“He’s been almost faultless. He’s been different class and on Thursday night I thought he was fantastic. He got his game head on and got on with it.

“Obviously, a bit of disappointment was there for him, but everybody at the club is right behind him and I’m sure the fans will get right behind him, as well.”

JOEL PEREIRA, 23-year-old back-up goalkeeper at Manchester United, has agreed a season-long loan deal with Hearts, according to the club website.

Swiss-born, the 6ft 2in shotstopper, who began his youth career at Neuchatel Xamax, has been capped 16 times for Portugal Under-21s and was selected for the nation’s 2016 Olympic Games squad.

He joined up at Old Trafford in 2012 and has temporary spells at Rochdale and Portuguese outfit Belenenses. He made his United debut in a 4-0 FA Cup home win over Wigan in January 2017.

Joel spent the first half of last season on loan at Vitoria Setubal before joining Belgian side Kortrijk for the second part of the campaign.

He could be available for the League Cup-tie against Motherwell at Fir Park on Friday night.

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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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