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George loan a chance to build for Celts

CELTIC boss Neil Lennon has sent Irish prospect Paul George on loan to Scottish second-tier side Hamilton to gain first team experience.

George, a Belfast native who has declared for the Republic of Ireland, has been on the fringes of the first team at Parkhead this season and was promoted to the bench by Neil Lennon, but so far has been unable to make his first team debut.

The 19-year-old has now signed on loan to Hamilton for the rest of the season and Lennon has promised to monitor his progress.



STEPHEN KENNY hopes that he can strike up a successful working relationship with midfielder Ruaidhri Higgins once again after the pair agreed to hook-up at Dundalk.

Lilywhites boss Kenny has made Higgins, 29, his fourth major signing of the close season, following the earlier arrivals of Sean Gannon, David McMillan and Daryl Horgan at Oriel Park.

Higgins had the best spell of his career under Kenny at Derry, where he won FAI Cup and League Cup medals.

He added a second Cup medal at Derry in 2012 but was released over the close season and Kenny swooped for the Derryman.



THE domestic equivalent of England's Charity Shield will go ahead in front of President Michael D Higgins to kick off the League of Ireland season in March.

The long-dormant President's Cup competition will be revived when league champions St Patrick's Athletic play FAI Cup holders Sligo Rovers at Richmond Park on Sunday March 2.