Neymar infuriating and he knows it, says Celtic boss Neil Lennon

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Neymar scored the second of PSG's four goals against Celtic at the Parc des Princes
Image: Neymar scored the second of PSG's four goals against Celtic at the Parc des Princes

Neil Lennon described Neymar as "infuriating" following Celtic's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but heaped praise on the Brazilian's team-mate Kylian Mbappe.  

Celtic completed their three-match trip to France with a 4-0 friendly defeat to PSG at the Parc des Princes.

Mbappe put the home side ahead in the first minute before Neymar added a second in the 25th minute.

PSG made wholesale changes for the second half with substitutes Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia scoring for the French champions after the break.

Lennon said his side would benefit from the experience of playing world-class opposition and he praised them for the way they handled the Brazil forward.

"He was just trying to wind people up," Lennon told the Daily Record.

Neymar and Mbappe were on good form during the friendly match in Paris
Image: Neymar and Mbappe were on good form during the friendly match in Paris

"I said to the players you just have to keep your discipline and not take the bait really.

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"He is infuriating but he knows it.

"I'm a big fan of Kylian Mbappe because I think he's fantastic in terms of his purpose and his pace. They've got quality all over the pitch.


"That quality is world class. I'm pleased we've taken it on. I don't think we need to be down about it.

"Sometimes the players need to see the game at that level for what it is, and how far you have to strive to get there. Hopefully they can take a lot from it physically and mentally."

Celtic return home from France, where they also lost 2-1 to Lyon and drew 1-1 with Nice in the Veolia Trophy tournament, to step up their preparations for the defence of their Scottish Premiership title.

The Hoops' campaign begins on August 2 with Hamilton the visitors to Celtic Park, live on Sky Sports.

'PSG gave Celtic taste of Champions League'

Celtic Captain Callum McGregor and Thiago Silva pre-match during the friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic at the Parc des Princes, on July 21, 2020, in Paris, France
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Callum McGregor believes Tuesday's gruelling workout against Paris St Germain was the perfect warm-up for Celtic's Champions League bid.

The Scotland midfielder told CelticTV: "We spoke about it in the changing room after the game. The Champions League is the level that we want to play at, so the PSG game is a nice taste of what could be.

"But we always know how hard it is to get there and that's the level that we have to reach. It was a very good exercise, 90 minutes in the legs, and good to see the opposition.

"I felt good out there. It's 90 minutes and a tough, tough shift as well. You could play a full game against lesser opposition and it's not as hard on the legs, but that's a real big shift where you're always looking, running and concentrating.

"It's mental and physical fitness. I think the boys are looking in good shape and we'll try and take the positives from the game."

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The new season kicks off on Saturday August 1, with Steven Gerrard's Rangers up against Aberdeen in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Champions Celtic will host Hamilton live on Sky on Sunday August 2, with Motherwell's trip to Ross County also selected from the opening weekend.

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Confirmed Scottish Premiership games live on Sky Sports

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Sun Aug 9: Kilmarnock vs Celtic - 4.30pm

Tue Aug 11: Dundee Utd vs Hibernian - 6pm

Wed Aug 12: St Mirren vs Celtic - 6pm

Sat Aug 15: Hibernian vs Motherwell - 5.30pm

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Sat Aug 22: Dundee Utd vs Celtic - 5.30pm

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