Sporting Digest: Football

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BOLTON WANDERERS, who paid Aberdeen pounds 350,000 for the Finnish international striker, Mixu Paatelainen, last week, have been giving trials to two overseas midfielders: Richard Sneekes, from the Dutch club, Fortuna Sittard, and Dominic Kinnear, a member of the United States World Cup squad.

KEVIN DRINKELL, the new manager at Stirling Albion, has hired the former West Ham and Scotland full- back, Ray Stewart, as player-coach, after his release from St Johnstone.

TRANSFERS: John O'Neil (winger) Dundee United to St Johnstone ( pounds 100,000); Tommy McIntyre (defender) Airdrie to Hibernian ( pounds 50,000); George O'Boyle (striker) Dunfermline to St Johnstone (undisclosed); Dragutin Ristic (striker) Falkirk to Dundee United (tribunal); Lindsay Hamilton (goalkeeper) Dunfermline to Portadown (free); Mark Sale (striker) Torquay to Preston ( pounds 20,000); Darren Garner (midfielder) Plymouth to Dorchester (free); Phil Kite (goalkeeper) Cardiff to Bristol City (trial).

FRIENDLIES: Berwick 1 Celtic XI 0; Brechin 0 Stoke 4; East Fife 0 Hibernian 1; St Johnstone 0 West Ham 0; Hamilton Acad 0 Hereford Utd 1; Staines Town 6 Ashford Town 0.