Lennon slams Neymar behaviour as Barca get revenge - Celtic morning news

Celtic Champions League

Also includes news on the youngsters and more concerns over Tony Watt's fitness

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said the club will appeal Scott Brown’s red card after he was sent off in last night’s 1-0 Champions League loss to Barcelona.

The Hoops captain was adjudged to have kicked Neymar when he was on the ground but Lennon thought the sending off was soft, and hit out at the Brazilian’s behaviour.

‘I don’t think Neymar does himself any favours the way he behaves at times. Our supporters are very respectful of great players.

‘Iniesta walked off to a standing ovation from the Celtic support. Neymar, after the incident, got booed every time he touched the ball.’

Cesc Fabregas scored the winner for the Spanish champions, but despite the defeat full-back Mikael Lustig still believes Celtic can make it to the last 16 of the competition.

He said: ‘We need to believe in ourselves and have faith. We have got Ajax at home next and I think we have to pick up all three points.

‘Milan have to face Barcelona now. If Barcelona take six points against Milan and we can take some points off Ajax then we have Milan at home. It’s all to play for.’

Unfortunately it was also heartbreak for Celtic’s youngsters as their under-19s lost 2-1 to Barcelona in UEFA Youth League after an Arnaldo Sanabria free-kick six minutes from time gave the Spanish side victory.

Away from encounters with Barcelona and striker Tony Watt, who is currently on-loan with Belgian club Lierse, has been omitted from Scotland’s Under-21 squad for the games against Slovakia and Georgia because of concerns over his fitness.

Watt has been previously criticised by Lierse manager, Stanley Menzo, for his lack of fitness.

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