Neil Lennon stands by decision to give Samaras new deal

Georgios Samaras
Samaras scored for Greece against Croatia in Euro 2012 qualifying

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told supporters he has no regrets about giving Georgios Samaras a new contract, despite his poor form.

Samaras signed a new deal in March despite scored just three league goals last season.

The Greece striker has yet to scored for his club this season: a fact not lost on his manager.

"He is a player who could ultimately get me the sack," Lennon told the club's annual general meeting.

"I am as much to blame as him for his performances but I can't give up on him."

When asked by a shareholder if he regretted handing Samaras a three-year contract, Lennon said: "No, I don't. The alternative was to let him leave for nothing.

"There was a lot of interest in him from other clubs. But he wanted to stay here and prove himself. So he is our player.

"I have to encourage him and eke the talent out of him because he has attributes."

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