Celtic news – Samaras to sign new deal, Thomson to ref final, Rangers fans want Lennon probe

Thomson to ref final.

Craig Thomson, Scotland´s top referee, has been named as the man in the middle for the Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers on Sunday, March 20.

The 38-year-old has plenty of experience, having officiated in the Scottish Premier League since 2002, and refereed last season´s final between Rangers and St Mirren when he sent off two Rangers players, Kevin Thomson and Danny Wilson.

Thomson has already been in charge of two Old Firm league games this season, the first when Rangers were 3-1 victors back in October and then when Celtic won 2-0 at Ibrox on January 2.

He will be assisted by Graham Chambers and George Drummond with Willie Collum acting as fourth official.

Rangers fans want Lennon probe.

Rangers fans have branded Neil Lennon´s management team ‘out of control’ and are calling for the Scottish Football Investigation to look into the behaviour of the Celtic boss, reports the Daily Express.

A statement from Stephen Smith, chairman of the Rangers Supporters Trust said: “We consider the management team at Celtic FC is out of control and, in our view, this is evidenced by Mr. Lennon´s previous behaviour at Tannadice and at Tynecastle, for which he received a four-match ban. What we consider to be premeditated provocation and incitement of Rangers players and staff was continued last Wednesday evening in the tunnel at Celtic Park after the half-time whistle in scenes captured on Sky television.”

The trust also wants Rangers to publicise details of an alleged fracas in the Ibrox tunnel in the Old Firm match on February 6.

Samaras to sign new deal.

According to the Daily Record, Georgios Samaras is set to sign a new long-term deal at Celtic Park.

The former Manchester City striker is happy in Glasgow and was at Parkhead with his representatives yesterday morning, where positive talks took place.

The 26-year-old´s current agreement runs out at the end of the season but he is set to hand boss Neil Lennon a boost by extending his career in Scotland. Samaras looked to be on his way to either Italy or Spain in the summer, having previously rejected a short-term deal, but a four-year offer is thought to be on the table after his impressive recent form led to a fresh round of talks.

The Greek recently spoke of his commitment to the club: “We are all working really hard to bring success and win some trophies again,” he said.

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