Celtic news – Hoops want Dunne, Vaughan to Parkhead? Mjallby blames defence

Mjallby blames defence.

Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby blamed his defence after the 2-1 extra-time defeat to Rangers in the Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final at Hampden yesterday.

Former Hoops defender Mjallby said he was baffled as to why referee Craig Thomson gave the free-kick that led to the winner following Glen Loovens´ tackle on Vladimir Weiss.

“From our point of view we were disappointed with the way we lost the two goals,” he said. “Maybe our passing game should have been a wee bit better as well. We did not really create as many chances as we had hoped, but we should still have defended better. I don´t know why the referee gave the free-kick that led to the goal but it does not matter.

“We should deal with it. It is a quick free-kick and we need to be aware of situations like that,” he added.

Hoops want Dunne.

According to The People, Celtic are weighing up a bid for defender Richard Dunne after the Aston Villa stopper was fined and forced to apologise, along with teammate James Collins, for drunken antics on a recent team-bonding trip.

Dunne was linked with the Parkhead club last season after helping Villa reach the Carling Cup final, but since the arrival of Gerard Houllier at Villa Park things have gone rapidly downhill for the 31-year-old Irishman. In all likelihood Dunne will now seek the exit door, despite having two years to run on his contract, and he could be snapped up for a bargain £2m.

The former Everton and Manchester City man has made almost 500 career appearances and has 64 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Vaughan to Parkhead?

Setanta Sports reports that Celtic are keen to take Everton striker James Vaughan to Parkhead this summer.

Boss Neil Lennon was set to sign the 22-year-old on loan at the start of this season but an administrative problem scuppered the deal. However, Lennon is set to renew interest in a player who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace.

Vaughan became the youngest English Premiership goalscorer when he netted against Palace on April 10, 2005 aged just 16 years and 357 days, but despite 47 first-team appearances for The Toffees and seven goals he has never quite been able to command a regular spot at Goodison Park.

The last eighteen months has seen Vaughan go on loan to Derby County and Leicester City, but a permanent move to Scotland could see him get his career back on track.

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