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Hoops settle Thompson case

Celtic have announced they have settled with Alan Thompson over his dismissal from the club's coaching staff. The former Celtic player's contract was terminated earlier this month and he instructed his lawyers to act over the issue.

A club statement read: "Celtic PLC and Alan Thompson are pleased to advise they have reached an agreement to amicably settle their legal dispute.

"Celtic PLC extend their thanks to Alan for his services to the club as a top-level player and a first-class coach.

"Alan would like to express his deep gratitude for the overwhelming and heartfelt backing he has received from Celtic fans everywhere.

"Alan wishes Celtic Football Club and the fans every success for the future."

The future of Celtic's Glasgow rivals is uncertain as Dunfermline have joined Morton, Falkirk and Raith Rovers in objecting to newco Rangers joining them in the Irn-Bru First Division.

Charles Green is facing the prospect of relaunching the Ibrox club in the Scottish Football League, with an application for entry to the Scottish Premier League set to fail.

Seven of the 12 SPL clubs have now gone public with plans to reject the Rangers bid at next week's formal vote, where the Ibrox club need an 8-4 majority in favour.


Reports suggest that plans are being put in place that would see Rangers relegated from the SPL to the First Division with immediate effect, rather than start from scratch in Division Three.

With Rangers unlikely to play in the SPL next season, it has been suggested that the place of "Club 12" will be taken by First Division runners-up Dundee, rather than Dunfermline being reinstated.

The Fife club have demanded clarity on the issue from SPL chiefs by July 5.