Soccer Digest: Giovanni Trapattoni talks UEFA Cup and James McClean


“There is a big chance for us to play Champions League football next season and that has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time.

“I loved playing in the Europa League this season and I think the game away to Udinese is one of the highlights of my career. I would love the chance to sample the Champions League now.”
Hooper scored in the 3-0 win over Rangers on Sunday and added, “I am happy playing for Celtic and the derby game just underlined that.

“The crowd, the atmosphere, the feeling when you score at Celtic Park -- I think it is amazing.”
Charlie Mulgrew was named Celtic’s player of the year hours after heading the opening goal against Rangers.
Airtricity Results

SLIGO Rovers maintained their unbeaten run in the Airtricity League with a 1-1 draw at home to Sligo Rovers on Friday night while Shamrock Rovers’ poor form continued with a 1-1 draw against Derry in Tallaght.

Cork City won 2-1 at Shelbourne, Bray recorded a 1-0 win in Monaghan, Bohs recorded a 2-0 win in Dundalk and Drogheda drew 1-1 at UCD.
Soccer Shorts

RICHARD Dunne handed Giovanni Trapattoni more good news when he returned to first team action for Aston Villa in the scoreless draw at West Brom on Saturday . . .

FORMER Irish international Ian Harte has been offered a new deal by Premier League bound Reading . . .
STEVEN Reid has agreed a new two year deal with West Brom even though manager Roy Hodgson has left for the England job.