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Neil Lennon has hit out at the advisors of Islam Feruz as the young striker looks set to complete a move from Celtic to Chelsea.

The 16-year-old came to Scotland when his family fled Somalia and made his debut for Celtic under-14s when he was only 11.

Dubbed the 'Scottish Wayne Rooney' Feruz has since attracted interest from Chelsea, who are expected to pay Celtic £300,000 compensation to ensure he moves to Stamford Bridge.

Lennon, meanwhile, feels Feruz has been 'badly advised' and does not think leaving Celtic at this early stage in his career represents a wise decision by the teenager.

"I don't know the latest situation. I know Chelsea have made an enquiry, although I don't know if they have offered any money yet," said the Celtic boss.

"But suffice to say he won't be a Celtic player.




 

"We've had meetings — Peter Lawwell, myself — with his representatives, I use that term very loosely. But there was no sort of going back. Islam became different in his demeanour and personality.

"We've spoken to him. We've tried everything. Myself, Peter, Chris McCart. We've had meetings in the boardroom with his family and representatives.

"I was waiting on an offer coming back from the representatives — but it never materialised. I think it's been really badly handled. He's been badly advised. I think he would've had far more of an opportunity to progress here."

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