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Celtic have invited the Ajax coach, Heine Otto, to help train some of their young players. Otto, a former Middlesbrough player, was in Scotland yesterday and assisted the Parkhead management in coaching youngsters between the ages of eight and 14.

Reg Stockill, who played in Arsenal's League Championship winning team of 1932-33, has died in York after a long illness. He was aged 82. Stockill, who also played for York, Scarborough, Derby and Luton, was the only non- international in an Arsenal side which included Eddie Hapgood, Joe Hulme, David Jack, Alex James and Cliff Bastin.

Sporting Lisbon's Brazilian midfield player, Roberto Asis, has joined Vasco da Gama of Rio de Janeiro on loan for six months. Assis has been out of favour with the Sporting coach Carlos Queiros after joining the club at the start of the season from the Swiss team, Sion.

SUSPENSIONS: Sendings-off: D Whyte (Middlesbrough) 1 match from 30 Dec; K Richardson (Coventry) 1 match from 30 Dec; J Beresford (Newcastle) 1 match from 30 Dec; G Bergsson (Bolton) 3 matches from 30 Dec; S Bould (Arsenal) 1 match from 30 Dec; J Scargill (Sheff Wed) 1 match from 2 Jan; R Page (Watford) 1 match from 2 Jan. 21 Penalty points: C Palmer (Leeds) 2 matches from 27 Dec; C Hendry (Blackburn) 2 matches from 30 Dec; T Sherwood (Blackburn) 2 matches from 30 Dec; A McDonald (QPR) 2 matches from 30 Dec; T Breacker (West Ham) 2 matches from 30 Dec; M Hughes (Chelsea) 2 matches from 30 Dec; V Overson (Stoke) 2 matches from 30 Dec; K Jones (Charlton) 2 matches from 30 Dec; B Carey (Leicester) 2 matches from 30 Dec; J Van Blerk (Millwall) 2 matches from 30 Dec; K Stevens (Millwall) 2 matches from 30 Dec; D Sturridge (Derby) 2 matches from 30 Dec; D Bullock (Huddersfield) 2 matches from 30 Dec; J Gittens (Portsmouth) 2 matches from 26 Dec.

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