Right-back Mark Wilson, who scored the winner in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay against Celtic, has agreed a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2011/12 season.
Wilson was signed for £500,000 from Dundee United in January, 2006 and suffered a number of injuries in his first full season. However, he has since cemented a regular place in Neil Lennon´s side and won his first Scotland cap in the Nations Cup game with Northern Ireland last month.
Speaking at a Show Racism The Red Card event at Hampden Park he said: “To get a new deal is fantastic and I hope I can be a part of all good things that come to the club in the next few years.”
The player´s current agreement was due to expire this summer and his new deal includes an option for a further year.
Summer ‘keeper swoop.
The Daily Mail reports that Celtic are planning to sign Coventry City goalkeeper Kieren Westwood in the summer.
If, as looks likely, Fraser Forster is recalled by parent club Newcastle United then the Hoops would need to bring in a quality stopper as replacement, and Westwood fits the bill perfectly after continually impressing in the English Championship.
The 26-year-old started his career with Manchester City, although he never played a first-team game before a move to Carlisle United in 2004. He then joined Coventry in June, 2008 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Sky Blues. He also holds five Republic of Ireland international caps.
Westwood has continually been linked with a move to Celtic and will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Lawyer tells Lennon to defy SFA.
Neil Lennon´s lawyer says the Celtic boss should disobey the Scottish Football Association and sit in the dug-out once he completes a five-match suspension, reports The Scotsman.
Lennon has received two separate four-match bans, which the SFA says should be served consecutively despite rules stating any punishment begins 14 days after the offence. Celtic believe the bans can be served concurrently, the second starting after Lennon serves one match of the first, taking the number of games missed to five.
The manager´s lawyer, Paul McBride, said: “As a matter of law, there is no question in my mind it is a four-match ban. I have looked at the SFA rules in some detail. There is provision for players to serve consecutive bans but none for managers or club officials to serve consecutive bans at all. He should enter the dugout and get on with the game.”