Will Ireland Make New Years Call?

"Celtic will follow procedures and we will follow procedures. We can't get too far ahead of ourselves. We have to see what the letter says to see what the club's position is before we can frame an appeal.

"It is new ground for me and it is ground that I'm sure the club and Aiden didn't want to cover."

McGeady, on the news pages again for his off field activities this weekend, has been linked with a move to Blackburn in the January transfer window.

Celtic fans chanted his name at the start of Sunday's game when Georgios Samaras, Japanese midfielder Kiko Mizuno and Scott McDonald scored in the 3-0 win over Falkirk.

Manager Strachan refused to be dragged into the McGeady controversy afterwards. "We will keep that in house," he said.

Before the game, however, Strachan tried to downplay the importance of the dispute with McGeady in the greater scheme of things. He said, "For the media it was the story of the week but it's different for me.

"I will take you back to last Tuesday when we made the statement. Nothing has changed from then and that's it as far as I'm concerned. The statement is self-explanatory and that is all we have to say at this moment in time.

"There have been far, far, far, far - and I can keep going with these fars for a long time - worse weeks than this. Trust me. Far more."

Celtic have completed deals for Irish winger Niall McGinn and Czech defender Milan Misun, and are also trying to sign Dundee United goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska and Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti from Hannover.

Strachan, however, has dismissed stories linking him with former striker Craig Bellamy.

Kenna's Job

Galway United manager Jeff Kenna has signed a new deal with the Westerners that will keep him at the Terryland Park helm next season.

Linked with jobs at Cork City and Oxford United in recent weeks, Kenna said, "I had a number of things to consider since the end of the season and I am grateful to Galway United for allowing me the opportunity to do that.

"The best thing at this stage is to build on the progress we have made at Galway United and to that end I am really looking forward to the start of the new season."

Soccer Shorts

Premier League new boys Dundalk have been linked with a controversial move for Drogheda United captain Declan O'Brien. New manager Sean Connor has already signed Thomas Heary from Bohemians. Dundalk are also interested in Derry duo Declan Quigley and Billy Dennehy . . .

Roy Keane has been formally warned for future conduct by the Football Association's disciplinary board for remarks made by the former Sunderland boss during the 5-0 defeat to Chelsea in November . . .

Cork City have sorted a deal with their players for wages owned while the club was in administration, and have also signed a new kit deal with Hummel sportswear company . . .

Ireland's recent lack of form at under-21 level means Don Givens' side will only be fourth seeds in the February draw for the 2011 European Championships . . .

The League of Ireland has hit St. Pat's midfielder Gary Dempsey with a five game ban for betting against his club when they lost to Galway in October . . .

Former Irish goalkeeper Paddy Kenny could quit Sheffield United at the end of the season as he awaits a new contract offer from the Blades . . .

Brian Shelley is considering offers from Bohs, Derry City and St. Pat's after ending his contract at cash strapped Drogheda United . . .

Kevin Doyle, Shay Given and John O'Shea are the nominees for the FAI/eircom Republic of Ireland Player of the Year award for 2008 . . .

Steve Staunton's future as assistant manager at Leeds United is in doubt after his boss Gary McAllister was sacked on Sunday . . .

St. Patrick's Athletic look set to revert to a part-time status after telling their players a 30% pay cut will be enforced next season . . .

Young midfielder Darren Murphy has quit Cork City and signed for Conference side Stevenage Borough in England . . .

Steve Finnan could move to Arsenal or Spurs on loan in January after failing to settle at Spanish side Espanyol . . .

Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh has extended his loan spell at Carlisle United until the New Year . . .

Brentford want to extend their loan deal for Reading's Irish defender Alan Bennett . . .

John Morling is the new manager of the Irish under-15 and under-16 international teams . . .

Drogheda United defender Graham Gartland has gone on trial at Leicester City . . .

Bradford City have offered Monaghan born striker Barry Conlon a new contract.

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