Soccer Digest: Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants Anthony Stokes to step up


“We have done that with Victor and his representatives feel it is time for him to go. We’ve accepted an offer from Southampton which we feel is a very good offer. The rest is up to them.

“My own gut feeling is that a deal will get done somewhere along the line.”
Wigan have completed the signing of Norwegian central defender Thomas Rogne on a three-year contract after his release from Parkhead.

Celtic have agreed to switch their Champions League qualifier first leg to Belfast and will now travel to play Irish League winners Cliftonville later this month before welcoming them to Glasgow.
Soccer Shorts

St. Pat’s Stay Strong
ST. Patrick’s Athletic go into their European action as Airtricity League leaders and on the back of a 2-0 home win against Bray on Friday night.  Shamrock Rovers maintained their recent run of form with a 3-0 win at Drogheda, Sligo beat Shelbourne 2-0 in Dublin and Derry won 2-1 at home to Bohs. UCD hammered Cork 3-0 at Belfield while Limerick beat visitors Dundalk 3-2 . . .

DERBY County boss Nigel Clough has confirmed his interest in Irish defender Richard Dunne after his release from Aston Villa, but fears losing out to a Premier League club with Hull and Cardiff also keen to talk to the Dubliner.  Dunne’s former Ireland and Villa teammate Shay Given could be in line for a move to the MLS according to reports in England . . .

THE Irish clear-out at Wolves continues, with Stephen Ward placed on the transfer list by the club. Kevin Doyle will also be sold, but only for the right money, while Stephen Hunt was freed in the summer after relegation from the Championship . . .

FORMER Ireland defender Ian Harte will add his experience to the Bournemouth squad in their first season back in the Championship after signing for the promoted side on a free transfer.