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Lennon: Neymar Going To Light Up Football World

Celtic coach Neil Lennon has praised Neymar and believes the Brazilian will develop into one of the best players in the world over the next few years.

Lennon has stated that the young Barca star’s talent is there for the world to see but he did criticise the player’s playacting.

"I think he is going to light up the football world over the next five to 10 years," Lennon stated ahead of Wednesday's clash between Barcelona and Celtic at Camp Nou.

"If he keeps improving, he will be a fantastic player. I think he will be a marvellous player. He is a special player.”

"The home game against Barca was the first time I saw Neymar play live and I was very impressed. I think he will be a wonderful addition to the Barcelona team."

Neymar was at the middle of the incident that saw Celtic skipper Scott Brown sent off in the reverse fixture in Glasgow and Lennon still feels Neymar was guilty of making more of the contact than necessary.

"I think he is very talented but I stand by what I said after the first game. I did think he made more of the contact than necessary," the Irishman stated.

"I wouldn't say he [Neymar] is doing it all the time at all; I think it was exaggerated in that instance. It is not a major criticism of the player,” he added.

"He is perhaps a bit immature like all young players. Young players at home also tend to exaggerate contact."

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