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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: ‘BANG ON IT’, LENNON PRAISES CELTIC, HEARTS IN RACISM BAN VOW, EX-HOOPS STAR SUES AGENT

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NEIL LENNON hailed his Celtic players following their six-goal romp over Ross County that keeps the champions at the Premiership pinnacle.

And the Hoops boss insisted his side are difficult to halt when they are all “bang on it”.

Mohamed Elyounoussi drew praise from Lennon after his two goals and the Irishman, speaking to the club’s website, said: “I thought Mo was fantastic from start to finish.

“I thought Jeremie Frimpong showed some great things in the second-half.

“Scott Brown was immense, as was Callum McGregor – those two complement each other brilliantly – James Forrest had a great game. They were all bang on it and when they’re like that, they’re hard to stop.”

There was a special mention, too, for Odsonne Edouard whose two-goal strike took his tally to 11 for the club – the same tally as Ryan Christie who missed the game because of his red card against Livingston a fortnight ago.

Lennon added: “I don’t want to wax lyrical about him every week, although he’s not that type of kid to get carried away, but you can see he’s in a good place.

“He’s a beautiful mover of the ball and his link-up play is getting better. I’m so happy he got the goal just after half-time because he deserved it. He had a couple of good opportunities in the first-half.

“He’s always a threat. He complements the players that are around him, he’s become more and more reliable and the volume of goals is testament to his own improvement.

”So, it augurs well going forward. We’ve had a little dip, if you want to call it that, over the past two away games, but they’ve come back and put in an emphatic performance.

“It could have been a lot more than six and that’s not being disrespectful to Ross County. Anyone who was at the game would have seen that.”

Lennon is now preparing his troops for Thursday’s Europa League Group E confrontation with Serie A outfit Lazio in the east end of Glasgow.

The Hoops are sitting on top of their section with four points following their 1-1 draw with Rennes in France and the 2-0 win over Cluj at Parkhead.

HEARTS have vowed to ban any fan found guilty of racism after revealing they are investigating an allegation made in their 1-1 draw against Rangers at Tynecastle yesterday.

The abuse was allegedly directed at the Ibrox side’s striker Alfredo Morelos who scored his team’s equalising goal.

A short statement read: “The club is aware of the incident in question and is currently investigating it. It goes without saying that Heart of Midlothian Football Club utterly condemns any form of racism and any individuals found guilty of such an offence will face an indefinite ban from Tynecastle Park.”

YOUSSOUF MULUMBU, the former Celtic and Kilmarnock midfielder, is taking legal action against an agent who allegedly stole over £860,000 from him.

The ex-Congolese international star along with countryman and one-time team-mate Distel Zola have lodged a complaint against an intermediary.

Mulumbu and Zola insist they have been scammed out of the earnings they had saved from the game.

And the pair have now filed a civil suit for “forgery and fraud” against Olivier Belesi Djesi in France.

Mulumbu told sports journal L’Equipe: “From 2009 to 2017, I wanted to trust so-called competent people, but they simply cheated and stole up to one million euros from me.

“My mistake was not to trust someone qualified. I realised it when I returned to Paris.

“I wanted to find out how much I had saved, and then I saw that I had nothing.

“I blame myself. I was naive. I should not have trusted. I’m not the only one.

“That’s why I’m speaking out so that the younger generations are cautious and do not fall into the same trap.”

Mulumbu, 32, has been without a club since Neil Lennon released him in the summer from his contract which still had a year to run.

He completed last season on loan to former side Kilmarnock.

 

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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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