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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: LENNON IN TACTICAL RETHINK, GREZDA QUITS GERS, CARSON AGREES WELL DEAL

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NEIL LENNON has revealed he may change his tactics the next time Celtic take on Rangers.

The Hoops were outplayed in the Ibrox side’s 2-1 win at Parkhead – their first victory in the east end of Glasgow since 2010 – before the turn of the year and goalkeeper Fraser Forster was the Man of the Match in the holders’ 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final success over Steven Gerrard’s side.

The Govan club’s Premiership triumph means they are only two points behind the champions, but can go top if they win their game in hand.

Lennon says those two matches may prompt a tactical rethink.

The Irishman, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “We need to look at how we set up and maybe change the way that we play to address the lack of pressure that we’ve put on them in the last couple of games.

“We’ve looked at the game three of four times now and there are aspects of the game – in terms of personnel or a change of formation – that we can work on.”

Ryan Christie has now been banned for three games following an incident with Alfredo Morelos in the league loss which was deemed violent conduct by the SFA, although the incident was only punished with a free kick during the match.

Skipper Scott Brown described the SFA’s decision as “laughable”, and Lennon added: “We’re obviously very unhappy about the Ryan Christie situation – we think there’s a real inconsistency there.

“We think he’s been very harshly treated when you consider some of the other situations that have occurred.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time. We don’t understand it. Even looking at the incident, it’s very passive.

“For that to be deemed violent conduct, we’re left scratching our heads over it. We’re very angry about it.”

EROS GREZDA has quit Rangers to rejoin Croatian side Osijek after his nightmare stay at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard signed the 24-year-old winger in August 2018 on a four-year contract, but he failed to make any sort of impact after struggling with fitness and form.

The Albanian didn’t feature since April and made just 17 first-team appearances.

Grezda was disciplined by the club after allegedly spitting on Ballymena player Andrew Burns while playing for the Rangers Colts side in a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup tie in September.

The Gers have also terminated the loan deal of Leicester winger Andy King, who has returned to the Midlands outfit.

TREVOR CARSON has agreed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with Motherwell.

The 31-year-old Northern Ireland international keeper as extended his stay at Fir Park, despite pre-contract offers from Livingston and St Mirren.

Carson – who had also been attracting interest from Aberdeen – joined the Lanarkshire outfit in 2017.

The shotstopper, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I am delighted to be staying with the club.

“It was a no-brainer to stay with a team that is continuing to constantly improve.

“I will keep working hard for the squad as we try and push in in the second half of the season and beyond.”

Well boss Stephen Robinson added: “It’s a massive plus for us to retain a goalkeeper of Trevor’s quality on a long-term contract.

“Trevor has shown me in training he is back to his best again after his unfortunate illness.

“We are delighted he has shown his commitment to the club for the next two-and-a-half years, even though he had no shortage of offers from other clubs at our level.

“I’m convinced Trevor will go from strength to strength and continue to push for more international recognition. It’s also shows our intent as a club to continually build the squad and keep moving forward.”

 

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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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