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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: LEDLEY COMEBACK, LENNON WINS TOP AWARD, RODGERS’ NEW DEAL, EX-GER IN CHARGE AT EVERTON

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FORMER Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley is poised to return to football with a short-term deal at Charlton.

The 32-year-old Welsh international has been a free agent since leaving Derby County in February.

Boss Lee Bowyer urgently requires reinforcements at the Championship side and the experienced Ledley is likely to go straight into the first-team squad.

The popular ex-Celt was signed by Neil Lennon in the summer of 2010 after coming out of contract at Cardiff City. He was sold to Crystal Palace for a cut-price £800,000 on transfer deadline day January 31 2014.

He won three league titles and two Scottish Cups at the Hoops before his switch to Selhurst Park.

The player has also picked up 77 caps and was a member of Chris Coleman’s side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

NEIL LENNON has won the Premiership Manager of the Month award for November after leading champions to the Premiership pinnacle.

It is the second time this season the 48-year-old Irishman has picked up the accolade, after lifting the honour in August.

During the month, Celtic hammered Hibs 5-2 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final, beat Motherwell 2-0 and Livingston 4-0 in the Premiership while overcoming Lazio 2-1 and Rennes 3-1. although results in European competition are not taken into consideration.

The Hoops topped Group E, qualifying for the next year’s knock-out stages with two games to spare and more than 10 points for the first time in the club’s history.
The eight-in-a-row champs are two points ahead of Rangers in the top flight and face Steven Gerrard’s men in the Betfred Final on Sunday.

FORMER Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Leicester City, ending speculation over a move to Arsenal.

The irishman was on the London side’s shortlist after they sacked Unai Emery last week, but had insisted he was “very happy” at the Midlands club, who sit second in the Premier League.

Rodgers’ previous contract was due to expire in 2022, but his suggestion that deal contained a release clause had further fuelled talk of a move away from the King Power Stadium.

He quit the Hoops after two-and-a-half years in February after leading the Parkhead men to seven domestic trophies.

DUNCAN FERGUSON, the former Rangers and Everton striker, will take temporary charge of the Merseyside outfit following the sacking of boss Marco Silva after the 5-2 loss at Liverpool in midweek.

The Goodison Park club are 18th in the Premier League and are at home to helsea tomorrow. Ex-Scotland star Ferguson will square up against Frank Lampard’s London side while Everton stated  “the club aims to confirm a new permanent manager as swiftly as possible”.

Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira is reported to be their number one target, but ex-gaffer David Moyes is also in the frame.

The former Celtic defender, who previously managed the club from 2002/2013, has been out of work since leaving West Ham last summer.

 

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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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