Celtic boss: Barcelona’s Neymar is a great talent

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was again impressed by the performance of Barcelona young gun Neymar in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was again impressed by the performance of Barcelona young gun Neymar in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Brazil ace scored a hat-trick and provided an assists as the Catalan giants demolished Celtic 6-1 at the Nou Camp in their final group stage game.

Neymar performed remarkably well in Barca’s 1-0 at Celtic Park in October and his showing in the return bout was certainly not lost on Lennon.

"I was impressed with him at Celtic Park, he is a talent and has a great future in the game,” he said.

The former Santos starlet produced a clever move to beat off a challenge from Efe Ambrose before cutting back from the byline for Pedro to net Barcelona’s second goal in the 39th minute before scoring his first with a simple tap-in from close range after Hoops keeper Fraser Forster had kept out Martin Montoya’s initial effort.

Neymar made it 4-0 to the Blaugrana early in the second half when he hammered home an exquisite finish after a neat one-two with Xavi before completing his hat-trick which came following a nutmeg on Ambrose and a shot which deflected off Adam Matthews on the line.

 
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