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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: STRIKER KNOCKS BACK CELTIC AND RANGERS, McCART AGREES SAINTS DEAL, EX-HIBS KEEPER MOVES

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ENGLAND Under-21 international striker Tyrese Campbell has rejected advances from Celtic and Rangers and decided his future lies at Stoke City.

The powerful frontman is expected to sign a new, improved contract in the next 24 hours after constructive talks over the last few days.

Extensive talks with both Glasgow club are said to have taken place over recent weeks and it looked inevitable Campbell would be on the move.

The Hoops dropped out of the pursuit of the player – as Scotzine reported yesterday – and it looked as though he could be bound for Ibrox.

However, he has now had a change of mind, prompted by new Potteries boss Michael O’Neill, who has made it clear how much he wants the forward to remain at the Championship outfit.

Campbell has scored five goals in 22 appearances this season, including the winner in Stoke’s recent 1-0 victory over West Brom.

He would have cost the Scottish giants a cut-price fee in the region of £350,000 if he had made a cross-border switch, much in the same manner as Moussa Dembele when he quit Fulham for Parkhead in the summer of 2016.

FORMER Celtic prospect Jamie McCart will quit Inverness Caley Thistle for St Johnstone in the summer.

The 22-year-old central defender has agreed a pre-contract deal and will link up with Tommy Wright’s Perth outfit ahead of next season.

McCart has also previously played for St Mirren and Alloa – both on loan – and was capped at Scotland Under-21 level.

CHRIS MAXWELL, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Hibs, has joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Preston.

The keeper has agreed a deal with the English League One side until the end of the current campaign.

The 29-year-old shotstopper played 17 times for the Easter Road side before Jack Ross cut the temporary transfer short as he reinstated Ofir Marciano as his No.1 while ASdam Bogdan signed an extension until June.

Maxwell is likely to take over from ex-Rangers keeper Jak Alnwick who has an arm injury.

 

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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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