Wednesday 13 December 2017

In Brief: McGeady makes return

Aiden McGeady was upstaged on his long-awaited return to action yesterday as Celtic scored twice in the final eight minutes to snatch a draw in their Emirates Cup opener against Lyon.

McGeady (24) made his first appearance for the club since May, with the transfer speculation surrounding the Republic of Ireland winger having reached fever pitch as he played for just under an hour for the Hoops.

He left the field with his side 2-0 down but Celtic staged a dramatic late comeback, with Gary Hooper scoring on his debut before substitute Georgios Samaras' header made it 2-2.

McCabe strike sinks Dundalk

Gary McCabe's second-half strike saw Sligo Rovers defeat Dundalk 1-0 at the Showgrounds last night.

McCabe fired low to the corner after being released by Joseph Ndo's pass on 62 minutes. The win moved Rovers back to fourth in the Premier Division table.

Sligo: Gibson, Keane, Foran, Lauchlan, Davoren, McCabe, O'Grady, Russell, Doyle (Dillon 70), Ndo, Amond (Blinkhorn 70).

Dundalk: Cherrie, Madden, McGuigan, Hatswell, Kelly, McGowan, Maher, Miller, Gaynor, Kuduzovic, Tipton.

James targets promotion

David James is targeting a return to the Premier League with Bristol City after feeling that remaining in top-flight football was impossible at this stage of his career.

The England goalkeeper turned down offers from Premier League clubs and Scottish giants Celtic in favour of signing a one-year deal at Ashton Gate.

It is a marriage of convenience for James, who lives in the south west in Exeter, as he realigns his priorities following a turbulent time at former club Portsmouth. "The decision is predominantly to do with me being happy in a family environment to get the best out of me as a footballer and that wasn't possible staying in the Premier League," said James.

Robinho eyes Santos stay

Manchester City's record signing Robinho hopes to extend his stay with Santos. The World Cup star has been on loan at the club since January but is due back at Eastlands this month.

Robinho played in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil final on Wednesday and will be back in England after playing next week's second leg and an international friendly on August 10.

"This is my home. I hope I can stay, but it depends on Manchester City," he said. "I hope this is not my last game here but, for now, what I have been told is that they (the negotiations) are at a standstill and that I have to go back to Manchester."

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