FLORIAN KAMBERI, Rangers’ loan signing from Hibs just before the transfer deadline, insists there are no bad feeling between him and Neil Lennon, his former Easter Road boss.

Just over a year ago, a bust-up between the Swiss striker and the Irishman following a loss against Motherwell hit the headlines.

Kamberi was prepared to quit the club in the aftermath of criticism from Lennon.

The match at Fir Park turned out to be the manager’s last game in charge of the Edinburgh outfit as he and assistant Gary Parker left the club by “mutual consent”.

Kamberi, though, is refusing to dwell on the incident and told the Evening News: “That is ages ago. Now everything is fine.

“I have to thank Neil Lennon because he brought me to Hibs, gave me game-time and for a long time gave me 90 minutes, so I just have to be thankful for what he did for me. Now everything is fine between us and I wish him and Celtic very good luck and a good season.”

Signed initially on loan from Grasshoppers Zurich, Kamberi’s nine goals in 14 games earned him a three-year deal as he became Lennon’s main signing of last summer.

SWISS HIT…Florian Kamberi hammers in Hibs’ second goal in a 2-0 win over Celtic in December 2018. Scott Brown is too late to intervene.

The 24-year-old forward admitted he had been surprised by how quickly things had turned around in his career at the Leith outfit and said: “I have a very hard mentality, so they will not make me feel down and want to just stay in my bed thinking: ‘Why is it like this?’.

“I have good people around me, with my management and my family and they discuss things with me and help me to do better and deal with things. But it wasn’t the best season last year.

“I will take the positives from it and I know what to do better and I am very confident and looking ahead with good eyes into a better future.

“It was something new for me. When I was at Karlsruhe, when I was in the second Bundesliga, I also had a difficult season, but that wasn’t just me, it was the whole team and we went down to the third league.

“We lost a lot of games, I was young then and it was an experience for me. Last season was also an experience, but it is not possible that every year is going to be a perfect year.

“You will always have ups and downs, especially as a young player, but it has definitely made me stronger for the future. Last season made me stronger and now I feel very good.

“There are ups and downs for everybody. I am looking ahead because every new season is like a new chance, not just for me, for every player.

“I feel very good. I came back in good condition after the holidays and I did a lot of work during the holidays. I feel sharp, confident and focused.”

Kamberi made his Gers debut as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw against Aberdeen at Ibrox on Saturday.

He could come face to face with his ex-Hibs gaffer when Celtic take on Steven Gerrard’s men in Govan on March 15.



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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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