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Friday 15 December 2017

Lennon blasts sorry Hoops

Neil Lennon threatened to "out" the Celtic players who might cost him the SPL and his job. The Hoops dropped 12 points behind Rangers after a lacklustre goalless draw against Hibernian at Parkhead.

Gary Hooper and James Forrest both hit woodwork for the Hoops but it was an afternoon of frustration against a side Celtic had beaten 4-1 in the League Cup quarter-final tie in midweek.

The Celtic boss now seems to be at breaking point. "I am really angry, they let the game drift away from them and that is not acceptable," he said.

"I would like to make changes but the way the squad is stretched it is difficult to do that.

"There are a few who have been consistent like Ki and Joe Ledley but there are others at the minute who are happy to go along, riding on their backs and not really making the contribution that I want. I have to speak to them and out them, basically. I am not happy with some of them at the minute."

Lennon pointed the finger specifically at striker Anthony Stokes and Hooper. "I thought the two of them were poor today and I need some more consistency from them," he said.

Cork crowned champions

Graham Cummins scored a stoppage-time winner to secure the First Division title for Cork City after a 2-1 victory over Shelbourne at Tolka Park last night.

Cummins' late header, after a brilliant delivery from substitute Derek O'Brien, ensures Cork leapfrogged Shelbourne to finish as champions.

The consolation for the Dubliners is that they will join Cork in the Premier Division next season.

Yet for so long last night it looked like Shels would claim the title, having equalised in the 28th minute through David Cassidy after Daryl Horgan had given Cork a fifth-minute lead. But Cummins, after having an earlier goal disallowed, ended up having the final say.

Foster leaves Dundalk post

Dundalk have parted company with manager Ian Foster amid uncertainty about the Louth club's future.

Foster was told last night that his services will no longer be required at Oriel Park, less than 24 hours after the season ended with defeat at Bray.

Owner Gerry Matthews, currently looking to give the club back to the supporters, confirmed in an official statement that Foster is no longer in charge after just two years in the job.

The statement read: "Dundalk FC wish to advise that the board of the football club have decided not to renew the managerial contract with Ian Foster and will be seeking an immediate replacement.

"The football club wishes to acknowledge the work done by Ian Foster over the last two seasons and wish him every success in the future."

Arsenal face City in Cup

Arsenal will have to overcome Manchester City if they are to continue their bid to reach a second successive Carling Cup final.

Arsene Wenger's Gunners were drawn at home against Roberto Mancini's men in the quarter-finals while there is another mouthwatering tie at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will face Liverpool.

Blackburn face a trip to Cardiff and Manchester United are at home against another Championship side, Crystal Palace. The ties are to be played the week beginning November 28.

Saints keep up home record

Guly Do Prado bagged a brace to help Championship leaders Southampton maintain their 100 per cent home record with a 3-0 victory against fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough.

Guly opened the scoring when he was allowed a free header from Danny Butterfield's cross and then Rickie Lambert peeled off his marker to head back across goal to allow Guly tap in his second. David Connolly scored the third late on.

Two goals from Sam Baldock sent managerless Leicester spinning to defeat as West Ham's promotion bid gathered pace with a well-earned 3-2 win at Upton Park and Chris Hughton's Birmingham side could only draw 0-0 with Brighton at St Andrew's.

Spurs wary of QPR threat

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has warned his squad that they must not throw away their recent good progress.

Spurs are seventh in the table and face QPR today at White Hart Lane in a game which they are expected to win -- but Redknapp has warned his side to be ready.

"I always think when you start looking at that (fixtures you should win) you normally come unstuck," he said. "Every game is difficult now. You only have to look at the results last week to see that."

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