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Neil Lennon"s son Gallacher joins Celtic in training

He's one of the Bhoys! Lennon's son joins Celtic stars in training session

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15:38 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 18 February 2013

Meet the latest addition to Celtic's Scottish Premier League-chasing squad: Neil Lennon's seven-year-old son Gallacher!

The Hoops' lead at the top of the SPL is a mammoth 18 points, so maybe the Glasgow giants' boss wanted to show his players that the game remains child's play

He's one of the Bhoys! Gallacher joins the Celtic team during a training session on Monday morning

He's one of the Bhoys! Gallacher joins the Celtic team during a training session on Monday morning

He's one of the Bhoys! Gallacher joins the Celtic team during a training session on Monday morning

Gallacher joined the elite stars at the club's Lennoxtown training base for a kick-around during the preparations for Tuesday night's league clash with St Johnstone.

Coach Garry Parker and a number of other stars were on hand to share a few passes with the boss's son as the Parkhead club close in on a 45th league title.

Best foot forward: Gallacher is already following in his dad's footballing footsteps

Best foot forward: Gallacher is already following in his dad's footballing footsteps

Best foot forward: Gallacher is already following in his dad's footballing footsteps

Neil Lennon’s men closed in on
back-to-back crowns by moving 18 points clear at the top of the table
with Saturday’s 6-2 rout of Dundee United.

The
Parkhead boss has stated he could be willing to let some key men start
their holidays early if they get the job done with enough games to
spare.

Calling the shots: Lennon oversees the session with his players... and son

Calling the shots: Lennon oversees the session with his players… and son

David Beckham is not joining Spurs – Andre Villas-Boas

Sorry Jermain, Beckham's not joining Spurs! AVB delivers blow to Defoe's hopes of playing with England great

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 30 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas this evening shattered Jermain Defoe's hopes of playing alongside David Beckham at Tottenham.

Defoe claimed earlier today that Beckham, who plays his final game for the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend, would be welcomed to Spurs with open arms.

Tottenham tried to sign Beckham on loan two seasons ago during the MLS off-season but the deal fell through, although the former England captain did train with the north London club for six weeks.

Leaving LA: David Beckham (right) is set for his final Galaxy game

Leaving LA: David Beckham (right) is set for his final Galaxy game

Villas-Boas reckons that – even at 37 – Beckham is a top player, but insists he will not be offering him a contract.

'He is such a wonderful player,' the Tottenham manager said. 'The rhythm of the Premier League is intense but he has so much experience of it.

'He brings so much to English football. That's why everyone is anxious to see which move he is going to take.

'It would be good to have him back in Europe, but not here, no. I don't think so.'

Having won six Barclays Premier Leagues and one Champions League at Old Trafford, Beckham has previously stated he has no desire to play for another English top-flight club other than Manchester United.

However, that did not stop Defoe from earlier declaring the former Real Madrid should come to Tottenham.

Go get him: Jermain Defoe said Beckham would be a welcome addition at Spurs

Go get him: Jermain Defoe said Beckham would be a welcome addition at Spurs

The Spurs striker told Absolute Radio's Rock 'N' Roll Football: 'He can come to Spurs if he wants – we'll have him here.

'He's a fantastic player and I think a credit to the game.

'If you talk about someone that's done everything in a game and to still want to play and still have another challenge and still want to achieve something, when you've achieved so much, I think that's a special person.

'He's someone that I look up to, a legend in the game.'

Defoe is on the brink of surpassing Beckham's goal tally for England, with both on 17.

'Sorry Becks but I think I'll do it,' he said. 'One more goal. It would be nice, not because of overtaking people, but it's always nice to score goals for your country.

'It's something that I've always wanted to do and then, when you do it, it's the best thing in the world.'

Jack Wilshere can play in finals next year, says Stuart Pearce

I'm happy to play Wilshere in finals next summer, says Pearce

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23:27 GMT, 18 October 2012

Stuart Pearce is willing to give Jack Wilshere his first experience of tournament football as he stressed the importance of taking a strong squad to Israel next summer.

The Arsenal midfielder was pencilled in to play for England's Under-21s at the last European Championships in Denmark 18 months ago but he was held back from Pearce's final squad after it was agreed he had played too much football in the 2010/11 campaign.

Injuries have halted Wilshere's progress since then but is now firmly on the road to resuming his career and there is little doubt he would be a welcome addition to Pearce's party in Israel, as he is young enough to play in the next finals as well as the 2015 edition.

The big stage: Jack Wilshere playing for England against Wales last year

The big stage: Jack Wilshere playing for England against Wales last year

While it is likely England head coach Roy Hodgson will draft Wilshere into the senior ranks at the next suitable moment, Pearce would be only to help with the youngster's education.

'Look at Tom Cleverley for example, who's had an Olympic experience and international tournament experience,' said Pearce.

'It's the same with Steven Caulker and one or two others; going to the major tournaments will stand them in great stead because as we stand at the moment we've still got a scenario with the likes of Jack Wilshere, because of his injury and whatever, he's not been to a major tournament with England yet.

'All of a sudden he's approaching his 20th birthday and I don't know when the next opportunity of a major tournament will be for him – next summer, the summer after

'The more tournament football these boys can get the more it prepares them for the senior team and it also gives us the opportunity to vie for a major trophy at under-21 level because if you don't get to these tournaments then you can't win them.'

To back up Pearce's point, it is worth looking at the example of Spain who won Euro 2011. There squad included David de Gea, Thiago Alcantara alongside World Cup winners Javi Martinez and Juan Mata. They would have also included Sergio Busquets, had he not been injured.

Looking forward: England U21 coach Stuart Pearce

Looking forward: England U21 coach Stuart Pearce

England, who secured their place at a fourth successive European Championship during the hugely controversial game in Serbia on Tuesday night, will not discover the identity of their opponents until the draw is made late next month.

UEFA, however, have plans to revamp this hugely successful biennial competition after the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic. It will revert to being played in an even year from then on, meaning it will clash with major senior tournaments. The 2016 tournament will be played during the same summer as the senior version in France.

'I think they are changing the format in a few years time and I think that's a real shame,' said Pearce.

'The tournaments I have been at have been fantastic. Whether they are looking for feedback from the federations I don't know.

'I have no idea why they are doing this. I don't think any of the federations are in favour of it.'

Steven Gerrard hails Jonjo Shelvey after England call-up

Gerrard backing Shelvey to fire up Liverpool's season after England call-up

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09:14 GMT, 9 October 2012

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool will be the big winners from Jonjo Shelvey's England call-up.

Shelvey was a late addition to the squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been impressive despite Liverpool's slow start to the season and Reds skipper Gerrard is expecting even more from Shelvey after his involvement with the national side.

Following the leader: Jonjo Shelvey (left) and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard

Following the leader: Jonjo Shelvey (left) and Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard

'This experience of being in the full England squad will be great for him and hopefully Liverpool will benefit from it as well,' said the Anfield and England skipper.

'He has been improving all the time since he arrived at Liverpool and has grown into a good footballer with good vision who can create and score goals.

Stepping up: Midfielder Shelvey has starred for the England Under 21s

Stepping up: Midfielder Shelvey has starred for the England Under 21s

'He also listens which means he will only get better with more games and experience.'

Jonjo is playing with confidence at the moment and is in good form. ''I'm really pleased for him.'

Steven Fletcher signs for Sunderland

O'Neill gets his man as Sunderland confirm signing of 15m Fletcher

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 24 August 2012


New boy: Steven Fletcher in his new get-up

New boy: Steven Fletcher in his new get-up

Sunderland have finally confirmed the signing of Scotland striker Steven Fletcher for around 15 million.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Black Cats and will be in consideration for selection against Reading on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill had been chasing the striker all summer and he was delighted to get his man.

O’Neill said: 'It has been no secret that we needed to strengthen our attacking options and Steven has a proven track record of scoring goals.

'He is young and constantly improving and he will be a very welcome addition to the squad. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring him to Sunderland.'

Even as Wolves were relegated last season Fletcher still impressed, hitting 12 goals. He scored the same amount the season before, to make it 24 in 45 starts at 23 sub appearances.

The 15m will not be paid in one sum but as part of a package deal to the Midlands side.

Robin van Persie looks miserable at Arsenal training

Can I go now United target Van Persie looks miserable at Arsenal training camp

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14:19 GMT, 7 August 2012

Robin van Persie looked as if he would rather be somewhere else (we can't think where) as he was put through his paces at Arsenal's training camp in Germany.

Van Persie has not played for the Gunners since declaring his intention to leave the club and Manchester United remain in pole position to sign the Dutchman.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks to have beaten off Manchester City and Juventus and the Scot stayed in the UK to push through a deal as his team went to Norway at the weekend.

Man in the middle: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is with his team-mates at the training camp in Germany

Man in the middle: Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is with his team-mates at the training camp in Germany

Ferguson hopes to have Van Persie in his ranks before the season starts on August 18.

Meanwhile, Santo Cazorla outlined his desire to end Arsenal's trophy drought after becoming the latest high-profile recruit at the Emirates Stadium.

Cazorla joined the Gunners on a long-term contract from financially-stricken Spanish club Malaga for a fee of around 16million.

An attacking midfielder also adept at playing on either wing, the 27-year-old Spanish international is an impressive addition to a squad already strengthened by the recent arrival of strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

Where's he off to: Manchester United are in pole position to sign Van Persie

Where's he off to: Manchester United are in pole position to sign Van Persie

Wantaway: Van Persie has said he will be leaving Arsenal

Seven years have passed since Arsenal lifted any silverware, but Cazorla believes fortunes will change following the flurry of transfer activity in north London.

'There's a very good squad here and we want to fight for titles and win titles,' he told the Arsenal Player website.

'The club has made a big step to sign players to have a better team and meet the expectations of the fans.

Out to impress: New signing Santi Cazorla is put through his paces after arriving from Malaga

Out to impress: New signing Santi Cazorla is put through his paces after arriving from Malaga

'I'm very happy to be here, Arsenal are a huge club. I hope to win trophies here, that is what I want.'

Cazorla has amassed 45 caps for Spain and was a member of the squads that won the European Championships in 2008 and this year.

Full name Santiago Cazorla Gonzalez, he was an influential figure in Malaga's fourth-place finish in La Liga last season when the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

I'll try anything once: Midfielder Alex Song grabs the gloves for a stint in goal

I'll try anything once: Midfielder Alex Song grabs the gloves for a stint in goal

Arsenal, who have been over-reliant on Robin van Persie for goals, will hope he eases the scoring burden on their forwards after he struck nine times in the league last term.

Cazorla consulted former Gunners Robert Pires and Cesc Fabregas over the transfer and was encouraged by what he heard.

'Robert played with me at Villarreal. He knew about the rumours of me coming here and always encouraged me to sign,' he said.

'He told me it was a very good club and I was going to enjoy London, the city and the move.

'The same with Cesc Fabregas. He said this was a big club and that I was going to be very happy here, he said I would adapt easily. And I can feel that.'

Huffing and puffing: Thomas Vermaelen puts in the work ahead of the new season

Huffing and puffing: Thomas Vermaelen puts in the work ahead of the new season

Francisco Sandaza close to Rangers switch

McCoist continues Rangers recruitment drive with Sandaza close to sealing switch

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15:24 GMT, 6 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Manager Ally McCoist has confirmed Rangers are close to completing the signing of Francisco Sandaza.

The former St Johnstone striker was a target of the Ibrox club last season.

The Spaniard now looks set to become the latest addition to McCoist's squad ahead of their first Irn-Bru Third Division game at Peterhead this weekend.

Closing in: Francisco Sandaza (left) is set to join Rangers

Closing in: Francisco Sandaza (left) is set to join Rangers

The Light Blues boss said: 'I'm hopeful there will be a deal done very, very soon.

'The best way to put it is that Francisco hasn't signed yet but we are very keen to get him. “The agent and our representatives have been in discussions over the weekend and I'd be hopeful he'd be signing soon.'

Brazilian trialist Emilson Cribari could also be set for a move after arriving in Glasgow on Saturday night.

McCoist added: 'We had him in for a couple of days, he's been training. He's having a look around the place to see if he likes it.

'We would be very hopeful to get a deal done there too.” Chief executive Charles Green has been holding talks with Craig Beattie's representatives over the weekend, while Kevin Kyle also remains an option.

Stale Solbakken appoints Johan Lange as Wolves" first-team coach

Solbakken moves to appoint promising Lange as first-team coach at Wolves

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 30 June 2012

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has strengthened his backroom staff by appointing Johan Lange as first-team coach.

New addition: Solbakken

New addition: Solbakken

The 32-year-old has left his position at FC Copenhagen to join the Molineux club and work with Solbakken and his assistant Terry Connor as they plot an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League.

'We have previously stated that Stale was going to be bringing in a coach to supplement our backroom staff and are delighted to welcome Johan to the club,' chief executive Jez Moxey told the club's official website.

'He is a young coach with an impressive pedigree who is highly thought of in Denmark following his work with Copenhagen, and will add fresh ideas and approach to the qualities already in place with our existing backroom staff.'

Solbakken added: 'Johan was the coach I wanted to come and work with me at Wolves.

'He is the youngest coach ever to achieve the highest coaching qualification in Denmark and he has many different qualities to offer.'

LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Will.i.am carries torch in Taunton

Crowds flock to see Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carry Olympic torch in Taunton

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20:06 GMT, 21 May 2012

The Voice judge Will.i.am carried the Olympic Torch on Tuesday.

The Black Eyed Peas star was cheered on by thousands of people as he ran through Taunton carrying the flame.

The United States-born music producer was a surprise addition to the line-up on day three of the relay.

Where is the love: Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carried the Olympic torch through Taunton

Where is the love: Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carried the Olympic torch through Taunton

Will.i.am, 37, looked at ease in the warm weather as he jogged through the Somerset town centre.

The Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, which runs alongside the torchbearer, kept a watchful eye on the cheering crowd.

The music producer's torch was 'kissed' by that held by 26-year-old taekwondo instructor Chloe Lock, from Honiton, Devon, to light the flame.

Popular man: The crowds flock to see Will.i.am

Popular man: The crowds flock to see Will.i.am

Before he started running he was passed his mobile phone and was tweeting as he set off down the road under Union Flag bunting and surrounded by screaming fans.

He held his phone in the air indicating to people to follow him on the social networking site.

After a couple minutes he waved to the crowd while smiling broadly.

Crowd pleaser: Will.i.am carries the torch to the cheers of the watching crowd

Crowd pleaser: Will.i.am carries the torch to the cheers of the watching crowd

Multitasking: Will.i.am looks at his phone while carrying the torch

Multitasking: Will.i.am looks at his phone while carrying the torch

He also turned around to perform a short moonwalk to the delight of onlookers.

Thousands turned out to watch the torch travel through the town unaware of the surprise appearance.

They waved colourful flags and children held homemade torches made from bright yellow and red paper.

Will.i.am's turn in the relay was over in under five minutes when he passed the flame to the next runner, biathlete Emma Fowler.

Speaking after his run, the music star said: 'That was like a surreal moment.

'I remember in 1984 the Olympics in Los Angeles, me being a little Will watching it on TV wishing I could be at the Olympic Games.

'I had that flashback when they handed me the torch to run in Taunton.

'It's like a blast moment and a surreal moment and a can't believe it moment all at the same time.

'I got a little more nervous this time than all the things I have done.

'I am not holding a flame when I am performing in front of people and the last thing you want to do is make a mistake with fire in your hands.'

Will.i.am said: 'I'm a huge Olympics fan. I want to see the swimming match, I want to see Usain Bolt.

'I want to see if he's really that fast because I want to race him one day. I wouldn't win but I want to see how close I would come.'

The star said he was amazed at the number of people who had turned the relay through Taunton into a real family occasion.

On the run: Will.i.am jogs through the streets of Taunton

On the run: Will.i.am jogs through the streets of Taunton

Job done: Will.i.am passes the Olympic flame to Emma Fowler on the relay leg through Taunton

Job done: Will.i.am passes the Olympic flame to Emma Fowler on the relay leg through Taunton

'I just saw everyone coming out, excited that the running of the torch was here in their neighbourhood, in their city and pride for the city,' he said.

'To see families and little kids and their parents and everyone just having a good time – I am so glad I came here. It's great people, great energy, a great vibe.

'There's one area, it's like a village of houses and it looked like the neighbourhood I came from in Boyle Heights, where the neighbours looked after the neighbours, and it looked like a real community and that reminded me of the community I come from.'

He confessed he had never been to a cricket ground before and added: 'But I reckon I would be pretty good.'

There were no mishaps for Will.i.am, real name William Adams, unlike earlier when the torch went out for the first time during the 2012 relay and had to be relit.

Gareth Bale staying at Tottenham

Bale is going nowhere, says Redknapp as he warns Barca off Spurs star

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 20 April 2012

Harry Redknapp insists Gareth Bale is happy at Tottenham despite fears Barcelona will launch a bid to sign the Wales star this summer.

Bale is renowned as one of the hottest young properties in world football after starring for Tottenham over the last two seasons.

He grabbed the world’s attention when he ran Inter Milan ragged on two occasions last season and his reputation has improved this term thanks to a number of impressive displays.

Going nowhere: Redknapp insists Spurs have had no approaches for Bale

Going nowhere: Redknapp insists Spurs have had no approaches for Bale

Barcelona have watched the 22-year-old on a number of occasions and this week Barca full-back Dani Alves said Bale would be a welcome addition to the ranks of the all-conquering European champions.

Redknapp insists there has been no approach for Bale yet though, and claims the wide man is content at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp told a press conference: 'No one has been in touch with us.

'He is happy here with us at the moment. He is a fantastic player.

'He will be linked with every club because he is such a great player.'

Star man: Bale has been in scintillating form for the last two seasons

Star man: Bale has been in scintillating form for the last two seasons

Barcelona’s players were heavily criticised last year for talking publicly about their desire to see then Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas return to the Nou Camp – a tactic many saw as tapping up.

When asked whether he thought Alves’ comments constituted tapping up, Redknapp replied: 'I haven’t seen what he said.

'I would like Lionel Messi. I will have a chat with the chairman about Lionel. I will see if he fancies coming to Tottenham!'

Barcelona suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

Swap deal Redknapp quipped that he wanted to sign Messi

Swap deal Redknapp quipped that he wanted to sign Messi

Should Chelsea win the Champions League, Spurs will be denied a place in the competition if they finish fourth in the Barclays Premier League, but Redknapp claims he still wants the Blues to go through following Tuesday’s second leg in Spain.

He added: 'I’ll be rooting for Chelsea. I haven’t even thought about [missing out on the Champions League if Chelsea win the whole thing].

'If Chelsea stay in it, they’ve got a Champions League Final to prepare for as well and that’ll mean they’ve got a lot on their plate and I want to see an English team win it anyway.'