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NEIL LENNON has revealed that he has no idea if he'll ever see Celtic play Rangers, writes JOE McHUGH.

The Hoops are on course for a third consecutive title with little in the way of competition in the SPFL following the liquidation of Rangers in 2012.

Fears about the future of the new Rangers were intensified last week when Chief Executive Graham Wallace had his proposal for a 15% wage cut rejected by the first team squad.

The Ibrox club are believed to be losing £1m per month with some analysts predicting that they could be in administration before the season is out.

As a player and manager Lennon was in the thick of the action when the big two clashed and while admitting that he misses the intensity of the rivalry he's unsure if the he'll ever face square up to Ally McCoist again. "I don't know when they'll be back and I don't know in what form they'll be back," the Celtic boss said. "They're having problems at the minute.

"For the competition and to have an edge it would help to have the two big clubs competing against each other.

"It was one of the great selling point in the game in terms of attracting players to Scotland, it's one of the biggest derbies in world football. You miss the energy and competitiveness of that match, the interest that it generates," the Bhoys boss said ahead of Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash at Hibernian.

The Celtic boss is well aware of the situation, last week he was being mentioned as a future manager of Norwich but takes the speculation in his stride. "I have a big job here which is challenging and exciting," he added. "I have a brilliant set up at Celtic and the club is moving in the right direction. It's flattering to be linked with other clubs but I'm at already at a great club."

 

DONS JOY AT ROONEY DEAL

SPL HIGH-FLYERS Aberdeen believe that Irish striker Adam Rooney will bring goals to the side following his move from Oldham Athletic, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Dubliner Rooney, 25, has experience in the SPL from his time with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but now the Dons have managed to lure him back to Scotland, signing him on a two-and-a-half-year deal. "Adam is a proven goal-scorer and he has the quality to add something to our team. There were other clubs keen to take him and it's great that he wants to be part of what we're doing here at Aberdeen," said Dons boss Derek McInnes.

"I've said all along that I'll only bring in players who I believe will add something to the squad and Adam certainly ticks that box."

Rooney, who previously lined out for Stoke, Birmingham and Swindon, will find some familiar faces at Pittodrie as Dubliners Willo Flood and Jonathan Hayes, along with Galway lad Joe Shaughnessy, are in the first-team squad with the Dons, who are in second place in the SPL table.

 

DICKER MOVE TO CRAWLEY

FORMER UCD man Gary Dicker has moved up in the world by agreeing a deal with League One side Crawley Town.

The midfielder had been lining out in League Two with Rochdale, having left Brighton at the end of last season, but Crawley were alerted to the Dubliner's availability and swooped to sign Dicker.

"He is a great addition to our squad, he is a ball-playing midfielder with a great work ethic," said Crawley boss John Gregory.


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