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Lennon: Don't Sign For Pompey

Lennon has told Petrov not to leave unless he goes to a top four club in England. He has confirmed that Petrov has made up his mind on leaving however has urged Celtic to do all they can to keep him.

'We all hope that he decides to stay,' said Lennon. 'But, at the minute, his mind seems to be made up.

'I spoke to him at the end of May and his ambition is to play in England.

'It would be a massive loss for us if he went so I'm sure the club are doing all that they can to keep him.

'It's got to be a big club, really, because there is still a lot going on here, it's a huge club.

'If you did leave this club you would miss it unless you went to one of the top four or five clubs in England.

'I have played in England myself and I know the Premiership and I know the standard of this club as well.

'Allied to that, we have the Champions League to look forward to and there's a good buzz about the club at the minute.

'He is taking a gamble, and giving up a lot, but that's his prerogative.'

He added: 'In this day and age, a goalscoring midfielder is priceless.

'But it's not just his goals that he gives us, it's his all-round game. He has blossomed into a fantastic player.

'It will cost us a hell of a lot of money to replace someone like that.

'He has grown up here at the club and, to be fair, it has been his life for the last six or seven years and I can understand he might want a fresh start in England.

'But I am sure he understands why we all want him to stay.'

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Date:Wednesday June 28 2006

Time: 8:15PM

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i don't care what he says we will be a top 4 club and he won't regret signing for us!
Is this the Lennon that may leave Celtic to join Taylor at Crystal Palace. Well Palace really are top 4 or 5 club potential arn't they. His having a laugh
haha no he has said he isn't signing for them but good point, he was interested
If Petrov's mind is already made up as Lennon insinuates, then comments from existing team-mates hopefully won't dissuade him.
nelson, Petrov is in his prime, Lennon is approaching the end of his career - a world of difference.
Typical crap from your past it ginge. Didn't he once play for the mighty Leicester, midland scum. Anyway who says the top 4 would have him? After a while you just start loving the blue half of Glasgow.
haha dnt u love rangers
To be honest, I've followed Rangers for the same 30 years, I've followed Pompey. It must be a blue thing.
i ve liked rangers for a while
lmatthews who u trying to kid top 4? the only top 4 u'll see is in the championship, pompey are nobodys, outside of gb nobody has even heard of you
haha chill out mate
And inside England we don't give a ***** for scottish mickey mouse teams.
Mickey mouse team playing in the Champions League. The closest your mob will ever get to Europe is summer break on the Algarve. Hold onto your seats - another exciting season of relegation battles loom!!
don't care what he says we will be a top 4 club and he won't regret signing for us! lmatthews Blimey les, I really do think you are overdoing the tablets mate. I've been going to Fratton Park for 44 years moosh, and we've less chance NOW than we've ever had to be a top 4 side in the premiership. I admire your optimism mate, but even i cannot go along with that.
As for you glasgowbhoy24, you carry on singing your fenian songs and believing that you really are a big club outside of Glasgow, why dont you all f**k off to northern ireland and support a team that recognises your beliefs. Best 2 clubs in Glasgow = Glasgow rangers & Glasgow Rangers reserves. lololololol
Offer them the 5-6m, get the player and wish them a nice day, and enjoy playing in a league, actually country with two and a half teams.
portsmouth1-liverpool3-the prosecution rests
storeage matt if you dont care why do you want OUR PLAYER
also, ah yes rangers, how many points did we beat them by last season???????lollollollollollol
Shelly come back you cockwithears, you won a European Cup when? Oh thats right 1967 almost 40 years ago. Why do Pompey want your player? Lets turn that around to why doesn't your player want to play for you tiger? Lennon took one final year on Celtic wages as no team in England would offer him a salary with THREE naughts in it. Shame that Roy Keane saw the light so early and packed his bags. I so hope you draw an English team in the Champs plus a Scottish team to make up the numbers League, time you had your arses flogged and I will be sure to ask the Pompey fans to post some pictures of Petrov playing at Fratton Park.
Fair enough, Celtic, Rangers, are good teams. But............ You win the league etc every year because the scottish prem is a joke. There are only two teams that may be able to handle the premiership and the rest are crap. Thats the only reason you get in the champions league, because the rest are sunday league standard. Wouldn't even be up to our league 2 standard. Pompey is a team on the up, no doubt. Every team has to start somewhere and money is the answer. We now have money. 16 years ago Wigan wasn't even a team but they have the financial backing to build themselves up to a prem team. Pompey have been around for over 100 years and its our turn now to shine. Fair enough, we will probably not be chasing champions league spots this year coming, but who's to say that we wont in the seasons to come. Its about time you jocks get your heads out of your ass and realise your not any good. You wouldn't last a season in the premiership. And as for the fans, well......... its a football match. Sod religion, whats that all about you bunch of backward wierdo's. Its like saying I support scum because i'm a jew! No!!!!!!!! its about football! sort it out. Play up Pompey. We know you can do it!
Oh shelly555. Who the hell are you calling me a ****.
scottish football is boring! The tittle race is out of two clubs (most years) i don't want rangers players becuase i wont your player and fen, one day mate, one day!
In the champions league, so are fing Bangor town, and no doubt if we were in your mickey mouse league we would be to, now sod off back to the land of the inbred bogtrotter!
Scotland zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Nuff Said
Beg to differ Glasgowboy & sorry to tell you that they don't bother carrying many Scottish League over here.
"We have a Champions League to look forward too"??? THat comment naffs me off. They have Automatic entry as there is no one in Scotland to stop them. It dont mean they are a Top Club with alot happening. They are a Boring Club, with a Scummer in charge. For gods sake Let Petrov free. let him breath, let him show you, you are all wrong when he becomes a hit at Fratton
Any chance having a Pompey-Rangers alliance? They hate the green slimey boogies nearly as much as we are starting to.
Toronto4Pompey just because u had the sense to leave, when was the last time pompey sold out grounds in toronto, new york etc never
shelly555 tell me about it, pompey chicks just sum up the pompey team, cheap nasty and very very easy
feen your 2 letters away from a fenian smart ass so without using a dictionary define fenian for me.......oh and by the way u lot are smart cant tell tell the difference between male male and female
have to go dont want to be one of your top posters loooosers, you lot showed the type of people you arrogant english gits are today with the andy murray stuff and if u cant read sure someone will help you
and if you want to talk about getting personal look back at your words and see who was the 1st ones to do it if i have my say you lot wont get petrov even if u offer 100 million would give him away first SO ***** RIGHT OFF
Scotland & Football is a bit like oil & water, just do not mix. Now can all the Scots sod off to there own site. You not wanted on this site or in the Premiership
Glasgowbhoy24 - I left over 25 years ago - as a Leeds United fan ! Believe me, a lot of people over here have been paying attention to Pompey of late, partly because of the South Coast Soap Opera, but also because the team has rightfully earned the reputation of being " the Little Engine That Could " by staying up when everyone else said they were done like dinner. Thanks for the tip on Pompey Chicks - I now know where I'm spending my next vacation !
Only thing I like about Scottish football is that Celtic/Rangers and Gretna helped win me a bit of cash last season....always good for the accumulators. Not saying Scottish football is predictable, but......
Oh it is predictable. Its boring really!
glasgowbhoy24 my girlfriend is from Glasgow and thinks you are an ignorant, aggressive heathen. "More football later but now we will show you the highlights of the Scottish Cup Final"....enough said. No wonder they beat their postcards home when they do make a World Cup with people like you.
yeah, any u lot set the world cup alight with your imaginative, exciting football eh

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