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‘HATS OFF TO CELTIC,’ LENNON TARGET HAILS TREBLE TREBLE HOOPS

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CELTIC target Max Lowe has hailed the Hoops’ historic treble treble season – despite his disappointment of losing the League Cup Final to the Parkhead outfit during his loan period with Aberdeen.

The classy left-back has been linked with the eight-in-a-row champions as Neil Lennon continues his squad rebuild with the transfer deadline due on Monday, September 2.

Lowe, 22, made a massive impression during his two years on loan at Pittodrie from Derby County before being recalled by the Championship outfit in the summer.

He made his first appearance of the campaign during the weekend goalless draw with Swansea City and is poised to play in the Carabao Cup at Scunthorpe this evening.

The pacy back-four operator was up against James Forrest at Hampden on December 2 where a wonderful volley from Ryan Christie took the silverware to the east end of Glasgow for the third successive year.

Lowe, speaking to Rams TV, said: “Aberdeen and Derby both had good Cup runs last season and, hopefully, it will be the same this season.

LOWE BLOW…James Forrest is challenged by Max Lowe as Lewis Ferguson looks on during last season’s League Cup Final.

GOOD CHRISTIE…matchwinner Ryan Christie parades the newly-won silverware.

“At Aberdeen, we got to the Final against Celtic. That was my first Final, so it was massive for me. We went into the game knowing that we weren’t favourites and I think that helped us.

“We liked playing on the back-foot and counter-attacking at Aberdeen. It was disappointing to be close, but we pretty much played a perfect game by our standards of football, but we weren’t able to get a goal.

“Hats off to Celtic because they did the treble-treble and they are not an easy team to beat.”

Lennon has admitted he in on the look-out to strengthen both full-back positions with the squad losing Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig, Emilio Izaguirre and Cristian Gamboa since the end of last term.

The Irishman had Greg Taylor, of Kilmarnock, and Brentford’s Rico Henry scouted at the weekend while Rosenborg’s attacking No.3 Birger Meling, who has made 10 appearances for the Norwegian international team, has also been mentioned as a possible acquisition.

Polish Under-21 international Robert Gummy, of Lech Poznan, is another who is reportedly on Lennon’s radar.

The asking price is £6million for the rising star, who saw a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in January last year collapse due to issue with the defender’s medical.

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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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