NEIL LENNON was not too downhearted after witnessing Celtic’s 4-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital last night.

The Hoops were on the back-foot in only 55 seconds when Kylian Mbappe lashed in the opener to complete a swift suckerpunch with the Hoops caught upfield.

A ball out of defence from central defender and skipper Thiago Silva was pushed by Neymar in front of the French whizzkid and he raced between Jeremie Frimpong and Nir Bitton to leave Scott Bain helpless with an unstoppable drive.

It was 2-0 after Bitton deflected in a shot from Neymar and then Christopher Jullien crashed a header against the post just before half-time and three minutes after the turnaround it was 3-0 when former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrara took advantage of some more slack play in the visitors’ defence.

Kristoffer Ajer was caught sleeping near the end when Marco Verratti lobbed a ball into the box and Pablo Sarabia first-timed a screamer beyond the motionless Bain.

Lennon, though, searched for positives and, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “We were playing against a world-class side. We didn’t get off to the best of starts, but I thought after that, for about 30/35 minutes, we were a match and we played some really good football.

“I’m so disappointed we didn’t get a goal because I thought our play deserved one. But that’s as stiff an examination as you’re going to get.

“In terms of a working exercise on the physical side of the game, the mental side and the concentration side of it, that’s as good as it gets. I’m really pleased with a lot of aspects of the game.”

Lennon added: “It was really tough for the players and then PSG changed their full team at half-time.

“I think some of our players needed the game. They have only really had one full game going into this one, so I think they’ll benefit from it.

“It’s been a terrific quality of teams that we’ve played over the last four or five days and I think that’ll stand us in good stead going forward.”

Lennon’s side had gone into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Nice last week and a 2-1 loss against Lyon at the weekend.


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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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