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Celtic FC appoint Tony Mowbray as manager

17/6/2009
Following the resignation of former boss Gordon Strachan, Celtic Football Club have announced Tony Mowbray as their new manager.

The Scottish side, which finished second to arch-rivals Rangers in the Premier League last season, finally got their man after protracted negotiations with Mowbray’s former employers, West Bromwich Albion. The 45 year-old former Celtic central defender was said to be “hugely honoured” at his appointment, and will look to put his stamp on the side once the domestic season restarts in August.

Mowbray’s move to Celtic had been on the cards for several weeks, with the only delay caused by former club West Bromwich Albion holding out for a compensation package reported to be worth £2m.

Celtic chairman John Reid believes his new manager can revive the Hoops’ fortunes having lost out to Rangers for the Scottish Premier title last year.

"We've had a degree of success in recent years, but we had a disappointment three weeks and three days ago," he said. "The fightback starts here and there's nobody better to lead that than Tony."

Bookmakers make it a very close contest for the title, with the two sides once again judged to be the only sides capable of lifting the championship. Stan James and Coral both make Celtic a best priced 10/11 to regain the title, while Totesport and Boylesport go the same price on a successful defence by Rangers. Those thinking the footballing duopoly of Scotland can be broken can back third favourites Hearts at 100/1 with a number of firms including Betfred and Victor Chandler.
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