Celtic news – Lennon cancels trip, Celtic win in Donegal, Jock Stein statue unveiled

Celtic win in Donegal.

Celtic strolled to a 4-1 victory over Finn Harps on Sunday in a testimonial match for former Hoops player John Kennedy played in Ballybofey, County Donegal.

Kennedy´s career was tragically cut short when he had to retire in November, 2009 at the age of 26, having failed to recover from a knee injury sustained on his Scotland debut against Romania in March, 2004. He now works as a scout for Celtic, who lined up with a mixture of first-team fringe players and graduates from the Under-19 side.

All the goals came in the second half with Efrain Juarez, Daryl Murphy, James Forrest and Graham Carey on target and substitute Keith Cowan scoring a consolation goal for the home side four minutes from time.

Jock Stein statue unveiled.

Celtic Football Club has announced the unveiling of a bronze sculpture at Celtic Park in memory of the great Jock Stein. Produced by sculptor John McKenna the statue weighs 450 kg and is based on an image of Stein stepping off the team bus clutching the European Cup in 1967.

Chairman John Reid told the club´s official website: “It gives us immense pleasure to unveil this statue in memory of the magnificent Jock Stein. Jock will undoubtedly be remembered as one of world football’s greatest ever managers – a man of immense stature and someone who gave so much to Celtic, Scotland and the game of football in general.

“He now stands at the steps of Paradise together with the club’s founder, Brother Walfrid, Jimmy Johnstone, the man voted Celtic’s greatest ever player and, of course, the wonderful Tommy Burns – a quartet of true Celtic greats.”

Lennon cancels trip.

Boss Neil Lennon was yesterday forced to call off a planned trip to Ireland for John Kennedy´s testimonial after receiving a series of death threats following last week´s ill-tempered Scottish Cup replay victory over Rangers.

The Irish Independent reports that the Armagh-born manager was advised by security forces to stay in Scotland in the wake of recent threats.

Lennon was due to lead his team out in front of almost 2,000 fans for the benefit game, and was later to have been guest of honour at the former Celtic player´s dinner at the Seaview Hotel, Bunbeg, but this was ruled out. The Celtic team had earlier arrived at Donegal´s Carrickfin airport amid strict security after Saturday´s 2-0 win over Hamilton Academicals, and without their manager.

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