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Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Danny Welbeck pleased with how far he has progressed at Manchester United

Madrid goal has given me the motivation to achieve more, says Welbeck

, given Welbeck has tended to reserve his most productive displays for times when he has been on England duty.

However, it would now be something of a surprise if Sir Alex Ferguson left the 22-year-old out of his starting line-up at Old Trafford next week.

Not bad for a youngster brought up in the same Longsight district of Manchester as Wes Brown, born of parents who both hail from Ghana.

'It was a great feeling to get a goal at the Bernabeu,' said Welbeck.

'The whole occasion was immense, with the number of fans who travelled over and with it being such a big game.

Heads up: Danny Welbeck puts United ahead against Real Madrid

Heads up: Danny Welbeck puts United ahead against Real Madrid

'There was a little part of me thinking I have come a long way in a short space of time.
'But it is something I strived for since I was a little kid.

'I really wanted to play for Manchester United and that was one of the biggest games, so part of me did feel proud.

'But it also gave me the motivation to carry on and try to strive for more.'

Welbeck's lack of goals is rather strange considering he was England's top scorer in 2012 and has never previously found it a problem, even if he is not amongst the most prolific members of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

The answer, in his view, is simple, and comes from the role he was asked to carry out in the first leg; out wide, trying to counter whilst not forgetting defensive duties against a side so dangerous on the counter-attack.

'I have not really played in my favourite position,' he said. 'I like to play as a striker but a lot of the time I have been out wide.

'I would like to get more goals, but it is obviously more difficult to get them when you are playing in wider areas.”

Wayne Rooney has been given the same duties on a regular basis during his United career.

Indeed, he was repeating the job Welbeck was doing on the left down United's right-hand flank in Madrid last month, underlining his own selfless contribution to the cause.

It is anticipated more will be demanded of Rooney in attack at Old Trafford, which may mean a switch inside in preference to Shinji Kagawa, who nearly made an impact at the Bernabeu without actually managing it.

That move would possibly trigger a recall for Antonio Valencia, although clearly Ferguson does have options, as he does in the form of Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Anderson in central midfield if Phil Jones fails to recover from an ankle injury.

'It is the part of the season everyone looks forward to,' said Jonny Evans.

'We are involved in everything and the competitions are all coming in one week.

'The league is the one everyone wants to win but if you asked any player in the Premier League, they would want to play in the Champions League.

Getting on: Welbeck replaces Van Persie to take his chance

Getting on: Welbeck replaces Van Persie to take his chance

'Being at Manchester United, you want that every single season and matches against teams like Real Madrid are ones you need to cherish.

'But we can't just think about what a fantastic occasion it is. We also need to perform.'

Celtic 0 Juventus 3 – Match report

Celtic 0 Juventus 3: Old Lady dish out painful lesson to Lennon's naive Bhoys

PUBLISHED:

21:38 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:44 GMT, 12 February 2013

Celtic face a near impossible task to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Juventus scored in both halves to take the advantage at Parkhead.

Neil Lennon's side got off to the worse possible start as they went behind inside the first five minutes.

Alessandro Matri poked the ball through Fraser Forster's legs and got the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Kevin Wilson who tried to clear, but Claudio Marchisio clattered home the rebound to make sure.

The second came in the final 15 minutes when Matri played the ball into the path of Claudio Marchisio, the midfielder cut inside a tired Scott Brown challenge before smashing past Forster at his near post.

And the game was wrapped up when Juventus added a third when Efe Ambrose was caught horribly in possession by Claudio Marchisio who played in Mirko Vucinic and he finished well to beat Forster.

More to follow…

Early lead: Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Matri combined to open the scoring for the Italians

Early lead: Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Matri combined to open the scoring for the Italians

Match Facts

Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Commons, Hooper.

Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Miku, Nouioui, Ledley, Watt, Kayal.

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Peluso, Matri, Vucinic.

Subs: Storari, Pogba, Giovinco, Anelka, Padoin, Quagliarella, Marrone.

Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

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Desperate dive: Kelvin Wilson tries to prevent the ball from crossing the line

Desperate dive: Kelvin Wilson tries to prevent the ball from crossing the line

Making sure: Marchisio smashes the ball over the line

Making sure: Marchisio smashes the ball over the line

Rod Stewart

Billy Connolly

Faces in the crowd: Singer Rod Stewart and comedian Billy Connolly watch Celtic

Tussle: Celtic striker Gary Hooper tangles with Stephan Lichsteiner

Tussle: Celtic striker Gary Hooper tangles with Stephan Lichsteiner

Fight for the ball: Wilson vies for the ball with Alessandro Matri

Fight for the ball: Wilson vies for the ball with Alessandro Matri

Strong challenge: Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is brought down by Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci

Strong challenge: Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is brought down by Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci

Looking on: Celtic keeper Fraser Forster looks dejected at the end of the game

Looking on: Celtic keeper Fraser Forster looks dejected at the end of the game

David Beckham better than Cristiano Ronaldo – The Footballers" Football Column by Adam Eckersley

ADAM ECKERSLEY: I played with Beckham and Ronaldo – but Becks was better… and on one of the few occasions Fergie spoke to me, he warned me of dangers of gambling

PUBLISHED:

08:36 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:01 GMT, 6 February 2013

Adam Eckersley, Port Vale

Adam Eckersley played one first-team game for Manchester United, before moving to Denmark to play for Horsens and AGF Aarhus. The 27-year-old attacking full back also played for Port Vale, and had loan spells at Royal Antwerp, Brondby, and Barnsley. Here, he talks about life as a Manchester United youngster – and what it’s like being an Englishman abroad…

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BY ECK: CAREER HISTORY

2004-2008: Manchester United
2006: Royal Antwerp (loan)
2006: Brondby (loan)
2007: Barnsley (loan)
2007: Port Vale (loan)
2008: Port Vale (loan)
2008 – 2010: Horsens
2010 – AGF Aarhus

Man Utd 4-1 Barnet
League Cup third round, Oct 2005
Scorers: MU – Miller, Richardson, Rossi, Ebanks-Blake. Barnet – Sinclair

TEAM: Tim
Howard; Phil Bardsley, Gerard Pique, Wes Brown, Adam Eckersley; Lee
Martin (Darron Gibson), Ritchie Jones, Liam Miller, Kieran Richardson;
Giuseppe Rossi, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

My Manchester United debut (at home to Barnet in the League Cup in 2005) was one of the best nights of my life. I was so nervous though.

We met at the hotel about 1pm, I couldn’t sleep, so I spoke to some first-teamers for advice.

I said to Wes Brown, who was playing that night but had made his debut seven years earlier: 'I’m really nervous, are you'

He just looked at me and said: 'I’m not that bothered, to be honest, mate'. I was like: 'Thanks mate!'

I actually found out I was playing the week before. Wes used to have poker nights, once a week on a Monday night. It started off with just a few, but we ended up with 25 to 30 down there. You’d get first-teamers but reserves too, people like me, Chris Eagles, Mark Howard.

At one, Rooney said to me: 'I’ve seen the team, you’re playing next week.'

The manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) once had a word about my poker. I was with the first team on the way back from Birmingham City, playing cards at the back of the bus with the lads.

The next day, the manager had a word. We weren't playing for big amounts, but he told me to stop playing poker, concentrate on my football.

He actually brought up Keith Gillespie, who had gambling problems. It wasn’t the hairdryer, but it was good advice.

I didn’t often speak to the manager at United. If you walked past him at Carrington, he’d make conversation but I worked more with Brian McClair and Jim Ryan.

Debut: Adam Eckersley (No 44) joins the melee of Manchester United players as they swamp goalscorer Liam Miller during the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Barnet at Old Trafford in 2005

Debut: Adam Eckersley (No 44) joins the melee of Manchester United players as they swamp
goalscorer Liam Miller during the 4-1 Carling Cup win over Barnet at Old Trafford in 2005

Rocket man: Eckersley scores against Peterborough during a pre-season friendly at London Road

Rocket man: Eckersley scores against Peterborough during a pre-season friendly at London Road

Larking around: Wes Brown has a giggle at Ruud van Nistelrooy's expense during United training in 2005

Larking around: Wes Brown has a giggle at Ruud van Nistelrooy's expense during United training in 2005

Still, you knew that he knew everything: how you were playing, how you were training.

When I left for good, his last words to me were: 'You’re going to have a great career, you’ve been fantastic here.'

That was really good to hear.

I was in Puccini’s restaurant in Swinton, Greater Manchester, when I first heard about going to Denmark. In 2006, our reserve team manager at United, Rene Meulensteen, went to manage Brondby.

He signed Mark Howard from United. I’ve known Mark since I was five – we played for the same junior team in Salford, Barr Hill – and one day he phoned me up. He asked if I wanted to sign on loan. It was the first I’d heard of it!

Brondby wasn’t my first loan spell abroad. Earlier that year, I went to Antwerp in Belgium. It came as a shock: I came into training one morning, Jim Ryan dragged me in, and said you’re going to Antwerp this afternoon.

There were a few of us over there: Danny Simpson (now at Newcastle United), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolves), Lee Martin (Ipswich). We lived in a hotel for six months. It was a good opportunity to play first-team football.

What’s the difference between the reserves and first-team games It’s a feeling. In a first team, you’re someone important. You’re doing a job. You’re playing for points, for people’s livelihoods, for the manager’s job.

We would get six or seven thousand people at Antwerp, rather than 300 down at Altrincham for United reserves. I saw my career as a ladder, and this was another step up the ladder.

Injuries aren’t funny. I came back early from my loan spell at Brondby because I did my hamstring. I couldn’t take being injured.

I missed the buzz of the crowd, so I came back too soon. When you get older, you know when to stop. You think, 'You can either miss three games or three months'. When you’re younger, you don’t think like that. You just want to be out there.

Fitness battle: Eckersley at a Danish hospital with his legs in a special recuperation chamber

Fitness battle: Eckersley at a Danish hospital with his legs in a special recuperation chamber

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If you’re coming back from loan spells injured every week, it doesn’t look good. You look at other people who’ve had good loan spells and it really helps them: Tom Cleverley at Wigan, Jonny Evans at Sunderland, Danny Simpson at Sunderland and Blackburn, others.

Injuries held me back a little bit: I’m not saying I’d have been good enough for the first team, but they didn’t help.

In 2007, I had a loan spell at Port Vale and was sent off on my debut (at home to Brighton). I was booked in the first half for a good tackle, threw the ball into the floor, and gave the ref some stick.

In the 80th minute, the attacker was through, I caught him, it was almost a professional foul. I think the ref remembered the stick – he couldn’t get the red card out quick enough!

I still got man of the match though, so not all bad.

Looking back, I rushed my permanent move to Port Vale in 2008. No disrespect, but I think I could have signed for a team higher up the leagues. But I was at the end of my tether with reserve-team football.

I needed a new challenge. I had Evra, Heinze, Silvestre ahead of me. I thought 'you’ve got no chance'.

I signed a six-month deal at Port Vale, but I didn’t really like the football. The Horsens manager, Kent Nielsen (who played at Aston Villa from 1989 to 1991), had seen me during my loan spell at Brondby, and took me over there.

I knew the league, I knew the living conditions. In my first season, I injured my knee and we were relegated, but we won the First Division (the Danish second tier) the next season.

I then went to AGF, who’d been relegated from the Superliga. We went straight back up. Now we’re five points off second, although Copenhagen are running away with the league.

Take a look: Reading manager Brian McDermott watched Eckersley last year but a deal never materialised

Take a look: Reading manager Brian McDermott watched Eckersley last year but a deal never materialised

Living in Denmark was a lot easier after I met my Danish girlfriend, Elizabeth – she's now my wife. I’ve got to know her family; it’s like a home from home.

Do I speak Danish Elizabeth’s trying with me every day. The problem is, everyone here speaks English so well. I’m taking lessons though, and this time next year I reckon I’ll be OK. I don’t want my wife and kids, when we have them, speaking behind my back!

I’m not desperate to come back to England. If a Premier League team came in for me, of course I’d consider it.

Brian McDermott at Reading watched me last year but it didn’t work out. But there’s nowhere I wouldn’t go: Germany, Holland, anywhere. Moving abroad has made me grow up fast.

Family guy: Eckersley with his daughter in Denmark

Family guy: Eckersley with his daughter in Denmark

David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best I’ve played with. If I had to choose Beckham.

I remember a first-team session at United, eight versus eight. Roy Keane was on my team; Beckham was on theirs. He kept crossing, and they kept scoring from them. I couldn’t get near him. Keane was shouting at me, going mad: 'Adam! You’ve got to get out to him, stop the crosses!'

I thought: 'The best full backs in the world can’t stop him, so what chance do I have!'

Keane just wanted the best though. I’m a bit like that with the younger players now.

Top class: Cristiano Ronaldo

Simply the best: David Beckham

Simply the best: Adam played with David Beckham (right) and Ronaldo at United but rates Becks as better

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There are some really good players in Denmark – Lars Jacobsen (Copenhagen, formerly Everton, Blackburn and West Ham), Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby, formerly Ajax and Charlton), Martin Jorgensen (AGF, formerly Udinsese and Fiorentina). It’s a tough league and I enjoy it.

If you’d told me 10 years ago how my career would go, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’ve spoken to my mum about it. It’s amazing how it’s gone.

Elizabeth says it was all mapped out so I’d meet her.

Sam Allardyce accepts damages from Steve Kean and Blackburn Rovers

Allardyce accepts damages from Blackburn and Kean over foul-mouthed rant

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

11:21 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:32 GMT, 6 January 2013

Steve Kean pulled out of a scheduled appearance on Goals on Sunday today, the day after Sam Allardyce accepted an out-of-court settlement believed to be in the region of 200,000 from him and Blackburn Rovers.

Former Blackburn manager Kean had to fork out after derogatory claims were made about Allardyce by him in the summer of 2011.

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Steve Kean

Sam Allardyce

No love lost: Sam Allardyce (right) and his former No 2 Steve Kean

Goals on Sunday co-host Chris Kamara revealed the short-notice change on Twitter this morning.

He said: 'Morning all. Last minute lineup change Didi Hamann and Phil Brown with me and the adorable @benshephard tweet him any questions 11till 12.'

Kean was filmed making the remarks by supporters during a pre-season trip Blackburn made to Hong Kong.

Kean’s allegations about the
operating methods, integrity and managerial ability of Allardyce — his
predecessor at Ewood Park — were made public when the fans published a
video of the conversation on YouTube.

Allardyce took legal action against
Kean personally and against Rovers. The action has been settled with a
payment to Allardyce, who is now manager of West Ham. On Saturday all
parties involved in the case declined to comment.

VIDEO: Kean's foul-mouthed tirade

Hull 2 Leeds 0 – match report

Hull 2 Leeds 0: Quickfire double from Evans and Meyler sends Warnock's Whites packing

PUBLISHED:

14:27 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

14:40 GMT, 29 December 2012

Premier League hopefuls Hull overcame their problems in front of goal to see off a woeful Leeds side at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are in the thick of the promotion race and cemented themselves in second place heading in to 2013 with this win, eventually brought about by goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler.

Prior to Evans' 52nd-minute opener it had looked as though the one thing to have blighted Hull this season – a dismal lack of goals – would haunt them again, but once the seal was broken they did not look back.

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt

MATCH FACTS

Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Evans, Koren (Proschwitz 76), Faye, Aluko (Simpson 89), Elmohamady (Rosenior 82), Quinn, Meyler, Brady

Subs not used: Amos, McShane, Cairney, Olofinjana

Goals: Evans 52, Meyler 55

Booked: Brady

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Hard fought: Sone Aluko tries to hold off Leeds United's Jason Pearce

With no possession to speak of, Leeds
reverted to unsavoury methods of staying in the game, with Aidy White
and McCormack booked for late challenges and Michael Brown shown a
yellow card for refusing to step off the field while he received
treatment.

The pattern of the match continued
into the second half, Aluko drilling just wide after cutting in, with
Paddy Kenny then doing well to get down and deny Meyler after Brown's
error had set Hull free.

Aluko then turned Pearce inside out
and flashed a cross-cum-shot across goal which Koren should have turned
in, but the latter was more effective with 52 minutes gone as he laid on
Evans' goal.

His neat reverse pass put the Northern
Ireland international in down the right-hand side of the box and,
without a moment of hesitation he rammed a low drive across Kenny and
into the bottom corner.

It was no more than Hull deserved, in
fact another couple of goals would have been justified, and one arrived
three minutes later as Meyler, due to return to Sunderland tomorrow,
rose to head in Robbie Brady's corner at the near post.

Only the theatrics of Kenny from Brady
and Koren's wasteful follow-up denied Hull a third, with other near
misses coming and going as both sides happily saw the game through to
its conclusion.

Macclesfield captain Brown called "a monkey" during FA Cup game against Barrow

Barrow to probe alleged racist abuse at Macclesfield skipper during Cup tie

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UPDATED:

15:16 GMT, 19 December 2012

Barrow will investigate allegations that Macclesfield captain Nat Brown was racially abused by fans during Tuesday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw.

Macclesfield boss Steve King claimed that Brown had been called 'a monkey' during their second-round tie at Holker Street.

The incident is likely to be included in referee David Webb’s report.

King said: 'He got called a monkey by some of the fans behind the goal.

'He said to the ref, “he's called me a monkey and that's not acceptable”.

'I heard it when I was coming out with Nat Brown.

'It seems to be happening everywhere.'

Racism: Brown was called 'a monkey' according to Macclesfield manager King

Racism: Brown was called 'a monkey' according to Macclesfield manager King

As for whether Brown wanted to take the matter further, King said: 'It's up to Browny – he said leave it but the ref [David Webb] wants to report it because it's not acceptable.

'We're in 2012 – what's all that about'

Barrow chairman Brian Keen told BBC Radio Cumbria: 'It’s just unacceptable and it will be looked into.

'The results will be known to people once we find out who or what it was. We, at Barrow, won’t have it and we will look into it really seriously.'

Aberdeen 0 Celtic 2 match report: Lassad Nouioui and Charlie Mulgrew goals

Aberdeen 0 Celtic 2: Late salvo sees off Dons and gets Bhoys back to winning ways

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UPDATED:

15:11 GMT, 17 November 2012

Celtic made hard work of it but eventually netted twice in the final quarter of the game to defeat Aberdeen and jump to the top of the SPL, albeit with Hibs yet to play.

Lassad Nouioui opened the scoring when he stroked into an empty net in the 73rd minute, having only come on for Kris Commons four minutes earlier. Charlie Mulgrew added a second against his former club three minutes later.

Despite the early kick-off, the crowds arrived in their numbers as Pittodrie basked in the lunchtime sun.

Game over: Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew is mobbed after netting the second

Game over: Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew sparks wild scenes after netting the second

Match facts

Aberdeen: Langfield, Reynolds, Considine, Anderson, Magennis, Rae (Robertson 46), Osbourne, Clark, Fraser (Vernon 64), McGinn, Hayes (Fallon 78). Subs not used: Jason Brown, Shaughnessy, Masson, Smith.

Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew, Lustig, Wanyama, Kayal, Commons (Nouioui 69), Samaras (McGeouch 80), Watt. Subs not used: Zaluska, Nouioui, McCourt, Ibrahim, Atajic, Chalmers, McGeouch.

Goals: Nouioui 73, Mulgrew 77.

Referee: Craig Thomson.

Attendance: 18,000.

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The home support were boosted by
teenage winger Ryan Fraser's swift recovery from an ankle knock
sustained in their 4-1 win over St Mirren last week. The only change to
the side that had started that game saw Gavin Rae return in place of
Clark Robertson.

Celtic, who had disappointingly drawn
with St Johnstone, handed Tony Watt a start after the promising young
striker came off the bench to find the net against the Saints. He
replaced Venezuelan striker Miku in attack.

There were two further alterations to
Neil Lennon's starting eleven, with midfielders Scott Brown and Joe
Ledley missing out. Mikael Lustig and Beram Kayal took their places in
the side.

As early as the second minute, Josh
Magennis' strong run up the right flank for Aberdeen allowed him to slip
a pass to Johnny Hayes, only for the former Inverness Caledonian
Thistle winger to send his left-footed shot into the side netting.

And five minutes later, the Dons' top
scorer Niall McGinn fashioned an opening with neat play on the edge of
the area, but Fraser Forster was able to gather comfortably.

On the scoresheet: Lassad Nouioui turns to celebrate after netting the first

On the scoresheet: Lassad Nouioui turns to celebrate after netting the first

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No holds barred: Gavin Rae goes in hard on Kris Commons

Celtic came closest yet as Commons
retrieved a half-cleared Mulgrew corner on the left and swung a
dangerous cross to the far post, where Watt headed off the base of the
post.

Just after the half-hour, Chris Clark
created space to cross from the left for the Dons and though McGinn got
in the way of an initial header from Magennis, the former Celtic man
reacted quickly to send a low shot narrowly wide of Forster's right-hand
upright.

The Dons made a change at the
interval with Robertson replacing Rae, who had been touch and go before
the match. And the home side had some pressure early in the second half,
culminating in a Magennis throw being headed narrowly over by Anderson.

Celtic were presented with a fine
opportunity when Andrew Considine brought down Commons 22 yards out.
Mulgrew took the free-kick but looped his effort high and wide of the
far post.

Aberdeen were dealt a blow when
Fraser was again forced off just after the hour, limping from the pitch
to be replaced by Scott Vernon.

On the run: Georgios Samaras evades Gavin Rae

On the run: Georgios Samaras evades Gavin Rae

The Dons were undeterred, however,
and after 68 minutes they had their best chance yet. McGinn cut the ball
back for Hayes, and the Irishman set himself before firing low into the
side netting.

But the deadlock was finally broken
five minutes later, and the goal came for Celtic. Wanyama crashed a
25-yard shot off Jamie Langfield's left-hand post, and all newcomer
Nouioui had to do was roll the ball home.

Boosted by their goal, Celtic added a
second just three minutes later. Samaras crossed from the left and, at
the back post, Mulgrew acrobatically volleyed home left-footed.

The visitors had the ball in the net
again when Wanyama headed home at the back post, but the flag had
already been raised for offside against the Celtic man.

Phil Brown set for Hartlepool job

Former Hull and Preston boss Brown to be unveiled by League One strugglers Hartlepool

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 12 November 2012

Former Hull boss Phil Brown is set to be unveiled as the new manager of bottom-placed League One side Hartlepool United on Tuesday.

Brown is staying in Hartlepool on Monday night having watched their reserves beat Gateshead reserves 2-1 with Brian Horton – his former No 2 at Hull who is expected to join him at Victoria Park.

The 53-year-old – first interviewed for the job two weeks ago – will hold further talks on Tuesday but is expected to be announced before the day is out.

New job: Phil Brown is set to take over at Hartlepool

New job: Phil Brown is set to take over at Hartlepool

Hartlepool, nine points adrift of
safety and without a win in 16 games all competitions, have been
managerless since the departure of Neale Cooper last month.

The club have chosen Brown
over a list of candidates including Craig Short, Colin Cooper and Sailsbury City boss Darrell Clarke.

South Shields-born Brown played more than 250 games for Hartlepool – his first club – and he remains a popular figure at Victoria Park.

Brown has been out of a job since leaving Preston in December 2011 after a disappointing 11-month spell in charge.

He won promotion to the Premier League with Hull in 2008 via the play-offs but was sacked after four years at the club during their relegation season in 2010.

Brown should be unveiled in time to prepare his new side for the visit of Coventry on Saturday.

Clyde 0 Rangers 2: match report

Clyde 0 Rangers 2: Shiels and McCulloch ensure McCoist's men end away-day blues

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UPDATED:

16:56 GMT, 28 October 2012

Rangers finally claimed their long-awaited first away win in the Irn-Bru Third Division thanks to a 2-0 victory against Clyde.

Previous league results on the road had been less than inspiring this season with draws at Peterhead, Berwick and Annan, as well as an embarrassing defeat to Stirling Albion.

But goals from Dean Shiels and Lee McCulloch delivered the elusive win and ensured the unwanted record came to an end against 10-man Clyde.

Off the mark: Rangers celebrate as they beat Clyde for their first away win of the season

Off the mark: Rangers celebrate as they beat Clyde for their first away win of the season

Match facts

Clyde: Barclay, Brown, Marsh, Oliver, Sharp, Neill, Sweeney, Hay (Fitzharris 87), McColm, Gilfillan (John Kane 75), McCluskey (Watt 82).

Subs Not Used: Rajovic, Scullion.

Sent Off: Neill (68).

Booked: Gilfillan, Neill, Brown.

Rangers: Alexander, Hegarty, Perry, Emilson Cribari (Argyriou 82), Wallace, Shiels (McKay 73), Hutton, Black, Macleod, McCulloch, Little (Aird 84).

Subs Not Used: Scott Gallagher,Kyle.

Booked: Hutton,Shiels.

Goals: Shiels 17,McCulloch 80.

Att: 7,500

Ref: Alan Muir

Andy Little, who made his comeback from a foot injury as a substitute against Queen's Park last week, was handed his first Rangers start since the beginning of September.

Chris Hegarty also started at Broadwood, with Fraser Aird dropped to the bench and Sebastien Faure absent from the squad.

Clyde were without the suspended Ian Gray but boosted by the news that David Marsh had recovered from injury to start the match.

The home side threatened first when Stuart McColm left Hegarty trailing in his wake before delivering a teasing ball into the box for Stefan McCluskey, but goalkeeper Neil Alexander punched to safety before the forward could connect.

John Neill then sent a glancing header just past the post as Clyde passed up another chance to open the scoring.

At the other end, Rangers fired out a warning when McCulloch met a Little cross with a ferocious shot that produced an impressive save from goalkeeper Jamie Barclay via the crossbar.

Barclay was called into action again to block well at the near post from Little, who then lashed the rebound across the face of goal and past the upright.

Rangers' pressure paid off as they took the lead after 17 minutes when Shiels unleashed an unstoppable right-foot shot into the top corner.

Opener: Dean Shiels scores Rangers' first goal against Clyde

Opener: Dean Shiels scores Rangers' first goal against Clyde

The Bully Wee should have been back on level terms when Bryan Gilfillan's cutback found McCluskey but he somehow managed to fire off target.

Only the heroics of Barclay prevented Rangers from adding to their lead before the interval.

He saved well from a long-range effort from Lee Wallace before reacting quickly to tip a McCulloch header on to the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Early bath: Clyde's John Neill (right) is shown a red card by referee Alan Muir

Early bath: Clyde's John Neill (right) is shown a red card by referee Alan Muir

If Barclay had come to the rescue of Clyde in the first half, Alexander impressed shortly after the restart with an excellent save to deny a point-blank header from McCluskey.

Rangers also came close when Kyle Hutton surged into the box before teeing up the shot for Shiels, but his tame effort was comfortably smothered by the keeper, denying him his second of the day.

Clyde's hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men after 68 minutes, Neill needlessly picking up a second yellow card for clashing with Shiels.

Doubling up: Lee McCulloch wraps up the points by scoring Rangers' second goal of the game

Doubling up: Lee McCulloch wraps up the points by scoring Rangers' second goal of the game

A second Rangers goal would surely end the match as a contest and Lewis Macleod provided a lovely cutback for McCulloch, who blasted over.

There was no way back for the home side when Rangers found the back of the net again with 10 minutes to go.

Hegarty's cross found Ian Black at the back post and he set up the shot for McCulloch, who was on target on this occasion with a simple finish from close range.