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

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Neil Lennon is under pressure after Celtic's Champions League exit
Neil Lennon is beneath force after Celtic’s Champions League exit (PA Wire)

Neil Lennon has defended his resolution to play Callum McGregor at left-back as Celtic crashed out of the Champions League with a defeat to Cluj on Tuesday night.

The Scottish champions have been overwhelmed 4-Three through the Romanian facet and feature now dropped into the Europa League play-offs.

Celtic enthusiasts closely criticised the verdict to drop McGregor from his midfield position and play the 26-year-old at the left facet of Celtic’s defence.

But Lennon insists that used to be to not blame for his facet’s wonder defeat.

‘People can point at that but he did set up our equaliser and I thought he had a very good game,’ Lennon informed BBC Scotland.

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Celtic's Callum McGregor and Cluj's Paulo Vinicius battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg match
Callum McGregor performed at left-back in Celtic’s defeat (PA Wire)

‘I don’t assume the left facet used to be in reality the issue this night.

‘We’ve started working with the avid gamers. We’ve were given to boost their morale, to begin with. We’re going to get somewhat of criticism and that’s utterly par for the direction.

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‘We’ve labored in reality arduous to get the place we’re we’ve mainly thrown it away. We’ve were given some just right defenders however for some explanation why they sought after to sluggish the sport down.

‘There’s at all times somewhat of a hangover so we want to get previous that, be certain we qualify and take it from there.

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Celtic have dropped into the Europa League after their loss to Cluj
Celtic have dropped into the Europa League after their loss to Cluj (Getty Images)

‘We’ll have to check out and get a just right run within the Europa League as an alternative.

‘The game’s long past, the avid gamers could have masses regrets this night. We must do much better.

‘This place should be a fortress and the way we approached the game first-half was not acceptable.’

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