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BACK PAGE BULLETIN: TWO CELTS QUIT IN 24 HOURS, GERRARD HOPEFUL ON BARASIC, GOODIE AGREES DEAL

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JACK HENDRY became the second defender to leave Celtic in 24 hours when he agreed a loan deal with Melbourne City.

The Scotland international joined Lee O’Connor in quitting the Hoops to get much-needed game-time with the Republic of Ireland starlet moving to Championship outfit Partick Thistle on a temporary transfer yesterday.

Neil Lennon wants his players to get some first-team outings with appearances not guaranteed at Parkhead in the second half of the campaign.

Hendry is likely to make his debut for the A-League team against Perth Glory on Saturday, pending visa approval.

The three times-capped centre-half, who has played only 11 minutes in the top side in this campaign, told the club’s website: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of coming to Australia and continuing my development at Melbourne City.

“It’s an exciting prospect to come to another league across the globe and play football.”

Twenty-four-year-old Hendry has made only 15 appearances for the Hoops since Brendan Rodgers paid £1.3million to sign him from Dundee in January 2018.

O’Connor arrived on deadline day from Manchester United and is still awaiting first-team involvement with Scotland’s title kings.

STEVEN GERRARD has revealed Rangers are edging closer to a deal with Croatian left-back Borna Barisic, who is an alleged target of Serie A outfit Roma.

The Ibrox boss, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We are in talks, so it is getting closer as the days go by. I am confident because the boy is happy.

“I have a fantastic relationship with Borna and he seems really settled here.

“He took a bit of time to settle, but he has got the fans right where you want them. He is getting the support from the terraces his performances deserve. When you are happy as a footballer you should stay put.”


DAVID GOODWILLIE
has agreed a deal with Clyde that will keep him at the club until 2023 at least.

The 30-year-old former Scotland, Dundee United, Blackburn Rovers and Aberdeen striker, knocked back interest from Falkirk and Cove Rangers to extend his contract with the Cumbernauld outfit who face holders Celtic in the Scottish Cup next month.

Goodwillie has scored 74 goals since he joined the League One side in April 2017.and he said: “This is my home and I will be here as long as Clyde want me.”

 

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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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