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CELTIC-LINKED BOSS SIGNS NEW DEAL

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ALEX NEIL has agreed a three-year extension with Championship outfit Preston after recent speculation linking him with the Celtic manager’s job.

The former Hamilton Accies gaffer has been one of a string of names put forward as the full-time successor to Brendan Rodgers while Neil Lennon has taken care of the team in an interim capacity.

West Brom, who sacked Darren Moore last month, have also been reported to be interested in Neil, but the 37-year-old Scot, who arrived at Deepdale in July 2017, has put an end to the guessing game.

Bellshill-born Neil led the club to a seventh-place finish in his first season and a run of eight wins from 12 unbeaten games had put the team on course for a play-off place this term.

However, four straight defeats since then have left them eight points adrift with four games remaining.

Neil speaking to Sky Sport said: “It has been a difficult few days working in a situation where the club and I had no control over what has been said, but I am absolutely delighted to be able to commit my future to the club and to continue with the project we have been working on.

“This is a fantastic football club and we have built a young squad that not only has great ability, but has great potential to improve and I thoroughly enjoy working with them and seeing them give everything to get better, every single day.”

Preston are 12th in the second tier after losing 4-1 to West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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