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Plan agreed for Rangers v Celtic clashes

The chief executives of Scottish football’s three main governing bodies plus representatives from Strathclyde Police.
The Scottish Government will finalise a plan of action after subsequent meetings but before the start of next season.
Old Firm plan: Four key areas have been agreed to try to make Rangers v Celtic games less fractious The Scottish FA said the areas include ensuring “existing rules and regulations of Scottish football are rigorously applied and respected”.
The second area agreed upon is to discuss how the scheduling of fixtures between Celtic and Rangers can be implemented to minimise damage to communities.

The bodies will also look at supporting the expansion of the “excellent existing community and social partnerships between the Old Firm” to encourage mutual respect and co-operation.And more talks will be held on supporting the work done by clubs, authorities and police to address “alcohol misuse, sectarianism, racism, domestic abuse and violence”.

The meeting follows a summit earlier in May, which was chaired by First Minister Alex Salmond at the request of the police force. The talks came following increasing social problems such which surround the fixture and place strain on the emergency services, and came in the wake of a volatile Scottish Cup clash at Celtic Park which saw three Rangers players sent off and Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Ibrox assistant Ally McCoist handed touchline bans following a post-match disagreement.
The subsequent Old Firm match, Rangers’ Co-operative Insurance Cup final win on March 20, passed off without incident on the park but it was marred by an upsurge of sectarian chanting.

Scotland will play Denmark in a friendly in August in preparations for the 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign, as was first revealed in Telegraph Sport. The Danish football federationconfirmed on Thursday that the teams will meet on Aug 10 at Hampden Park.

Scotland manager Craig Levein said: “This game will be another tough challenge for us. Denmark will be a completely different proposition from our last opponents, Brazil. But it’s exactly the type of game we need going into the qualifiers, and will allow us to build on the Carling Nations Cup matches against Wales and Republic of Ireland.”

Scotland Under-21s will also play on the same day as they face Norway in a 4pm friendly at St Mirren Park.Kilmarnock sweat on Mixu

PaatelainenKilmarnock’s manager Mixu Paatelainen could be named the new head coach of Finland on Thursday as successor to Stuart Baxter.The Finland FA have been without a manager since November after the Englishman’s exit, and they have called a press conference. “On Thursday everything will be clear,” said the Finnish FA general secretary Kimmo J Lipponen. “Let the stress be still until Thursday.”

Paatelainen, formerly the manager of Hibernian, played 70 times for Finland, scoring 18 goals. He is their 12th most-capped player and fifth-top scorer.
Fleck backs Torres at ChelseaFormer Scotland striker Robert Fleck has backed Chelsea’s Fernando Torres to find his form after his £50 million move from Liverpool.

Fleck’s Chelsea career failed to take off after he joined the club in the 1990s, but he believes the Spaniard will succeed, even though Torres has gone seven games without a goal since signing in January.

Fleck, who also cost Chelsea a club record £2.1 million when he left Norwich City in 1992, scored only four in 48 appearances for them.“Torres is a world-class player,” the 45 year-old said. “He had a couple of awkward years at Liverpool with injury but I’m sure he will be alright. Chelsea will get the best out of him. I scored a few goals for Norwich but I wasn’t a 20-goal-a-season man. Never had been and was never going to be.

“I think there was more to my game than that. I did a lot of my work outside the penalty box but Chelsea bought me as a goal-scorer and unfortunately I wasn’t up to the job. Torres is completely different, he is world-class. But with the amount of press around these days he is scrutinised from every angle.”

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