Celtic on verge of last 16, Massone undeterred by Hearts KB and SPL announce preferred option.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BUILD-UP - BENFICA V CELTIC - KICK-OFF 7.45PM SKY SPORTS 2
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hit back at accusations that his side play a negative style of football in Europe following comments made yesterday by Benfica keeper Artur.
The Parkhead boss said Artur probably hadn’t watched many of Celtic’s games and that the Glasgow outfit would be going for a win tonight.
• Benfica boss Jorge Jesus says supporters of the Lisbon club will create an atmosphere that will rival Parkhead when Neil Lennon’s side triumphed over Barcelona.
• If Celtic wins tonight it will be his 100th win as Celtic manager with victory or a score draw virtually assuring their passage to the last 16 of the competition.
• Celtic players will visit the Stadio Nacional today prior to their match against Benfica tonight.
The stadium, where the Parkhead side lifted the European cup in 1967, will also be flocked to by supporters where a replica of the famous trophy will be paraded by Lisbon Lions Stevie Chalmers, Bobby Lennox and John Clark.
• Celtic assistant boss Johan Mjallby insists the pressure is all on Benfica.
• Captain Scott Brown faces a race against time if he is going to be fit for tonight’s match.
He is set to have a late fitness test today.
• Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is just one yellow card away from a ban from European football after already picking up two yellow cards
Lennon would welcome Snoop Dog investment
Celtic boss Neil Lennon joked that he would welcome hip hop star Snoop Dog’s investment in the Parkhead club - if he was to be invited to one of his parties.
The US singer expressed an interest in buying into Celtic following their victory over Barcelona in the Champions League. (Express)
Massone fails in bid to by Hearts
Former Livingston owner Angelo Massone has had a £4.5m offer from a consortium, of which he is fronting, rejected by Hearts . A spokesman said the offer was too low and that the club was not convinced that the Italian was a suitable person to run the Gorgie club.
Livingston were plunged into administration under Massone. (Scotsman)
• Massone is quoted today that the rejection from Hearts will not end his interest in acquiring the Gorgie club (Herald)
SPL announce favoured proposal
The SPL’s 12 member teams emerged from yesterday’s league reform meeting yesterday in broad agreement over a two division of 12 to group together the country’s 24 top teams. At present the model does not include Rangers who have been vocal in their opposition of the SPL.
Rangers manager Ally McCoist has backed the SFL model of a three division 16-10-16 set up. (Scotsman)
Dunfermline hope to keep tax man at bay
Dunfermline say they are hopeful that they can stave off action by HMRC despite only paying off part of an £81,000 tax bill.
The Pars hopes lie in bringing in large attendances to their upcoming home games. (Press and Journal)
• Barry Ferguson could still have a future at Blackpool according to new boss Michael Appleton who says he was monitoring the former Scotland captain who is currently on loan at Fleetwood
• Dundee are looking to extend Colin Nish’s loan from Hartlepool
• Sacked Stranraer manager Keith Knox has been appointed to South of Scotland league side Threave Rovers