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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: EX-CELT’S DREAM DEAL, HENDERSON AGREES ITALIAN SWITCH, WELL BOSS CUP VOW

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FORMER Celtic striker Scott McDonald has clinched a dream move to play out his career with Robbie Fowler.

The 36-year-old former Australian international frontman has signed an 18-month deal with Brisbane Roar after being lured to the Gold Coast by the Liverpool legend who is head coach at the club.

McDonald returned to his homeland last year to join newly-formed A-League outfit Western United in Melbourne.

But the veteran has spent the last two months fighting a complex contract dispute and has now been presented with the perfect solution with a move to Fowler’s side.

McDonald, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “When Robbie offered me this opportunity there was simply no way I could turn it down. You don’t get the chance to work with someone of his status every day – never mind when you’re already 36.

“I may be coming towards the end of my career, but you are never too old to learn in this game and I can’t wait to start working with him.

“I’m joining an established A-League club with a big support and, hopefully, there may be a pathway into coaching in the academy structure when the time comes to hang up my boots.

“When I came back to Australia I did hope to bring the curtain down on my career with a bit of a bang. Robbie has now given me the opportunity to do just that and I really want to get on with the job of repaying him.”

McDonald joined the Hoops from Motherwell in a £700,000 move in June 2007. He scored55 league goals in his three years at the Parkhead outfit. He also had spells in Scotland with Dundee United and Partick Thistle before returning to his homeland.

LIAM HENDERSON, the ex-Celtic and Hibs midfielder, has joined Empoli on loan from Hellas Verona.

The former Scotland Under-21 international agreed to drop down a league to Serie B in search of first-team football.

Henderson, 23, helped Verona to promotion last season under manager Fabio Grosso, but has found himself out of favour this time out.

KEITH LASLEY, Motherwell’s assistant manager, has vowed there will be no repeat of last season Scottish Cup shocker when they face Dundee at Dens Park tomorrow.

The Fir Park No.2 saw his club pick up a record 67 points in the Premiership, but he reckoned the biggest disappointment of the campaign was the exit from the national competition following a fourth-round defeat against Ross County.

Lasley, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “It was our first game back after the winter break, so we’ve prepared differently this time.

“It’s massive motivation for us to be involved in it in the latter stages.”

 

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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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