Sporting Digest: Football

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CELTIC have sold Carl Muggleton to Stoke City for pounds 200,000, while Charlie Nicholas has agreed a new one- year contract. The new Celtic manager, Tommy Burns, has also re- signed the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, Pat Bonner, who (like Nicholas) had been released by his predecessor, Lou Macari.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE broke their transfer record yesterday to sign the Port Vale defender, Peter Swan, for pounds 300,000.

BRIGHTON have re-signed the former Arsenal striker, Raphael Meade, for a second spell.

BRYAN ROBSON scored the opening goal in his first match as Middlesbrough's player-manager last night: a 2-0 friendly win at Torquay.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES: Torquay United 0 Middlesbrough 2 (Robson, Hendrie); Blackpool Rovers 1 Bury 3; Dulwich Hamlet 0 Brentford 5; Nantwich 1 Rochdale 4; Newcastle Town 1 Hull City 4; North Ferriby 0 Grimsby Town 5.

INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS (Tokyo): Sheffield Wednesday 4 (Taylor, Bright, Hirst, Jones) Shimizu S-Pulse (Japan) 3. (Kuala Lumpur): Dundee United 1 (Ristic) Bayern Munich 1.

TRANSFERS: Gary Brabin (midfielder) Runcorn to Doncaster ( pounds 40,000); Kevin Moore (defender) and Martin Thomas (midfielder) both Southampton to Fulham (free); Jeff Minton (midfielder) Tottenham to Brighton (free); Warren Hackett (defender) Leyton Orient to Doncaster (free); Nicky Smith (defender) Colchester to Wycombe (free); Paul Haylock (defender) Barnet to Colchester (free).

ENGLAND UNDER-18 SQUAD (v Norway Under-18, 24 and 26 August): Cutler (West Bromwich), Tyler (Peterborough), Neville, Cooke (both Manchester United), O'Connor, Allen (both Everton), Mills (Norwich), Spencer (Tottenham), Bowyer (Charlton), Murphy (Crewe), Beresford (Oldham), Hughes, Howell (both Arsenal), Davies (Chesterfield), Walley (Nottingham Forest), Power (Queen's Park Rangers).

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