Thomas Rogne could be set for an extended run at the heart of Celtic´s defence after Daniel Mastorovic, who is expected to be out between six and eight weeks, fractured a toe in the 2-0 home win over Hamilton Academicals 11 days ago.
The Norwegian Under-21defender replaced Mastorovic at half-time in the Hamilton game and now aims to win back his place in the starting line-up alongside Charlie Mulgrew.
“I will do my best to cement my place in the team again,” Rogne told the Daily Record. “We still have a lot of big challenges ahead and the league title is by no means a certainty, despite us playing well, so we know we need to fight until the end. But we want the Treble – that would be an incredible achievement for the players and management in our first full season together.”
Police to brief players.
Police will brief players and managers from both Celtic and Rangers ahead of the Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final at Hampden Park on Sunday.
The announcement was made following a meeting at Hampden Park on Tuesday attended by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House, Rangers chief executive Martin Bain and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Quoted in The Sun, MacAskill described the meeting as “extremely productive”. He said: “It was encouraging to see so many positive proposals coming out of the summit but it is vital we turn words into action. That is what this group is all about and this was an extremely productive first meeting. All parties involved have now set out a plan of action to drive forward work to develop these proposals and the group will report back with recommendations before the start of the new season.”
New Lennon appeal?
Celtic could be set to appeal against Neil Lennon´s four-game touchline ban after discovering a flaw in Scottish Football Association regulations.
The Herald reports that the Celtic hierarchy is in two minds whether to contest the ban as it could potentially be increased to eight games on appeal. The Parkhead club has challenged the SFA´s handling of the matter, claiming that under the governing body´s rules any automatic suspension should start within 10 days of the offence.
Lennon is already serving a ban and the current one is due to start today, 14 days later, but the SFA have dismissed Celtic’s claim and are adamant any automatic suspensions begin within 14 days, as Lennon’s does, and they have followed their own procedures. Whatever happens, the Celtic boss will be in the stands for Sunday´s Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final.