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LENNY PRAISES GOAL-SHY STRUGGLERS

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NEIL LENNON praised his “Jekyll and Hyde” Bolton team after they fired another blank in the goalless draw against Bristol City.
The struggling Championship outfit have now failed to score in nine of their opening 16 league games and are second bottom of the table, two points above Rotherham.
Shola Ameobi added to their misery when he had a penalty-kick saved in another frustrating afternoon for the former Celtic boss.
Lennon said: “I thought it was a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde performance from us.
“I thought we were tentative and nervous in the first-half, but really improved after the interval.
“Bristol City didn’t really cause us many problems in the second period and we created enough chances to win the game, none more so then the penalty.
“We’ve now missed two spot-kicks at crucial times in games this season.

“Shola told me after the game it is the first penalty he has missed in his career. He held his hands up and admitted it was a poor effort, but we’re not dwelling on that.

“What I did like about us was that, after missing the penalty, we didn’t drop our heads.

“In fact, it probably went the other way and we responded pretty well.

“Did we look like a team out there? Yes. Did we look like a group of players willing to dig in and fight for each other? Yes.

“The fans got behind the players, which was great. The players have left everything on the pitch and that’s all I can ask for.

“We just need that little bit of extra quality in the final third. We’ve kept five clean sheets now which is pretty good given our league position, but we’ve drawn all of those games 0-0.

“We need a spark and if we can play consistently like we did in the second-half, then we’ll be fine. There are 30 games left to go and we’re confident we’ll soon be moving up the league table.

“We know where we are as a club right now. We’re all pulling in the same direction to work away with what we’ve got.

“Yes, there are financial problems, but we’re not using that as an excuse. We know we can do better on the pitch now.”

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE is CQN’s new book for Christmas 2015. Continuing the story of managing Celtic after Jock Stein, this time we follow on from Caesar & The Assassin (Available HERE) and pick up the story in the summer of 1991 when Liam Brady is appointed Celtic manager. THE WINDS OF CHANGE takes us through until May 2005 when Martin O’Neill leaves the club after picking up the Scottish Cup. But there is a huge black cloud hanging over the club after the events at Motherwell the previous week. We actually had a STOP PRESS moment when Paul Brennan added a final page to WINDS OF CHANGE to put into context what had actually happened over the previous decade or so, which became clear on November 4, 2015 when 3 judges at the Court of Session found that the “FORMER RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB” had been using an illegal tax avoidance scheme to bankroll their football operation.

The old Rangers had cheated. The titles and trophies they won during this period will have to be stripped from these cheats.

You will be able to pre-order THE WINDS OF CHANGE next week.

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