Celtic news – Gemmell rushed to hospital, Moravcik: Maloney influence crucial, Old Firm meet to solve derby problems

Gemmell rushed to hospital.

The Scottish Sun has told how Lisbon Lion Tommy Gemmell had to be rushed to Stirling Royal Infirmary at the weekend.

The 67-year-old was suffering with stomach pains and wife Mary had to cut short a holiday in the USA to be at his bedside. However, fellow Hoops legend Bertie Auld backed his old teammate to beat the health scare.

Auld, 73, said: “I know Big Tommy will bounce back from this. I know him better than most and I understand the character of the man. He has been a fighter all his life and he is not going to change now.

“He will beat this by sheer courage. One thing I have always admired about my big mate is his passion for life. This will be seen as a setback but he will have the spirit to overcome it as swiftly as possible.”

Moravcik: Maloney influence crucial.

Former Celtic player Lubo Moravcik, now managing in his native Slovakia, believes Shaun Maloney´s return after injury is crucial to the team´s chances of winning the title.

Moravcik, who was at Celtic Park when Maloney was a teenager trying to break into the first team, says the winger´s influence should not be underestimated.

“Neil Lennon does not have anyone else like Shaun in his squad,” he told The Herald. “There are a lot of good forwards in the Celtic team but Shaun is irreplaceable. He creates goals, he scores goals and his free-kicks and corners are of the highest standard.

“When the championship race is so tight, players like Shaun can make the difference. His return will be like signing a new player because he can operate anywhere in attack. Shaun also has the experience of winning league titles and that will be crucial.”

Old Firm meet to solve derby problems.

BBC Sport reports that Celtic and Rangers have met with Scottish football authorities in an attempt to improve behaviour, both on and off the pitch, at Old Firm derbies.

Representatives from Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Government were also in attendance, with the parties agreeing on four action areas including “rigorous” application and respect of current Scottish football rules and regulations.

New fixture scheduling will be on the agenda to “minimise damage to communities” as well as support for both clubs´ involvement in the community. Alcohol abuse, sectarianism, racism, domestic abuse and violence are all issues which will also be addressed.

“It should be noted this was an initial meeting to allocate work streams and that actions will be agreed and acted upon following subsequent meetings before the start of the new season,” said an SFA spokesman.

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