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Neil Lennon hits back at criticism over team selection after Celtic’s Champions League exit

Neil Lennon is under pressure after Celtic’s Champions League exit (PA Wire) Neil Lennon has defended his decision to play Callum McGregor at left-back as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League with a defeat to Cluj on Tuesday evening. The Scottish champions were beaten 4-3 by the Romanian side and have now dropped into the Europa League play-offs. Celtic fans heavily criticised the decision to drop McGregor from his midfield role and play the 26-year-old on the left side of Celtic’s defence. But Lennon insists that was not to blame for his side’s surprise defeat. ‘People can point at that but he did set up our equaliser and I thought he had a very good game,’ Lennon told BBC Scotland. Callum McGregor played at left-back in Celtic’s defeat (PA Wire) ‘I don’t think the left side was really the problem tonight. ‘We’ve got to work with the players. We’ve got to raise their morale, first of all. We’re going to get a bit of criticism and that’s totally par for the course. More: EntertainmentGordon Ramsay's baby son Oscar is his actual doppelganger and we're utterly shookGreta Thunberg will sail to US on boat with no toilet to avoid flyingLennon hits back at criticism over team selection after Celtic's Champions League exit ‘We’ve worked really hard to get where we are we’ve basically thrown it away. We’ve got some good defenders but for some reason they wanted to slow the game down. ‘There’s always a bit of a hangover so we need to get past that, make sure we qualify and take it from there. Celtic have dropped into the Europa League after their loss to Cluj (Getty Images) ‘We’ll have to try and get a good run in the Europa League instead. ‘The game’s gone, the players will have plenty regrets tonight. We have to do a lot better. ‘This place should be a fortress and the way we approached the game first-half was not acceptable.’ More: Champions LeagueAndy Robertson sets out Liverpool trophy targets ahead of Super Cup clash with ChelseaMan City boss Pep Guardiola suggests Liverpool's Champions League win was luckyVirgil van Dijk reveals the area he still needs to improve for Liverpool...


Published By: Metro - Tuesday, 13 August

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