Neil Lennon accused Celtic of conceding “crazy, suicidal” goals against CFR Cluj as they suffered a shock Champions League qualifying defeat.The Scottish champions were beaten 4-3 in Glasgow on Tuesday to lose the tie 5-4 on aggregate and miss out on a play-off match against Slavia Prague.Celtic were 1-0 down at half-time but moved 2-1 up through James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, only for Abdel Billel Omrani to level the scores from the penalty spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The hosts hit back through Ryan Christie but Omrani struck again to make it 3-3 before George Tucudean made Cluj’s passage to the next round secure with the last kick of the game.Celtic manager Lennon admitted his team were not good enough in the first half and felt they threw the lead away with their poor defending.”The goals we conceded are crazy,” he told BBC Radio Scotland. “You’ve got to do the basics well – you’ve got to stop crosses, close people down, get your head on things – and it was almost as if we scored and wanted to switch off and control the game.”In the first half, we were way too passive, way too slow with the tempo, so we gave them a bit of a razz at half-time and we got the right response going 2-1 up. But we needed that two-goal cushion. It’s suicidal the goals we gave away.”The first goal, we got a warning before that, and we still didn’t stop the cross and the guy’s got across for a run. If you don’t do the basics defensively well enough then, at this level, you get punished.”We’ve let it go. We’ve only ourselves to blame. We had the lead and we let it slip through our own decision-making, really.”Lennon is keen to lift his side’s spirits before they now prepare for a play-off to reach the Europa League group stages.”We’ve got to work with the players. We’ve got to raise their morale, first of all,” he said.”We’re going to get a bit of criticism and that’s totally par for the course. We’ve worked really hard to get where we are and we’ve basically thrown it away. We’ve got some good defenders but for some reason they wanted to slow the game down.”
ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Youth Conservation Corps AcceptingApplications from Community Organizations Community groups in Nova Scotia are being offered a helping handwith environmentally friendly projects for the 16th summer in arow. The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps is once again lookingfor project proposals that will help community groups completeenvironmental projects while providing people between the ages of17 and 24 with valuable work experience from June 27 through Aug.26. Eligible projects can be sponsored by community groups,businesses, government agencies, industries, institutions orenvironmental organizations. Projects must fall into at least oneof six categories: watershed management, waste resourcemanagement, pollution prevention, environmental education andinterpretation, air quality management or climate change. “The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps and our communitypartners provide a great summer work experience for young NovaScotians,” said Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash.”Last year youth corps members worked on environmental educationprojects with Clean Nova Scotia and water quality projects withthe L’Ardoise Economic Association of Development.” The youth conservation corps program will pay 75 per cent of thelabour cost of a two-, three-, or four-person crew — a value upto $8,032.50 — and provides up to $100 towards project expensesand $50 towards mileage per project. It provides administration,recruiting, and payroll services. It also trains workers inemergency first aid, occupational health and safety, workplacehazardous materials information system, and basic environmentalissues. Community partners are required to provide the remaining 25 percent of the cost of labour — up to $2,677.50 — and any otherexpenses. They are also responsible for specific project trainingand day-to-day supervision of the student workers. Additional information is available on the program’s website at: www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ess/ycc/ . Potential community partners can also telephone 902-424-4924 foradditional information. Project proposals must be received no later than Friday, March 4.