Celtic battling on to keep Stubbs (22 Feb)
Celtic head coach Jozef Venglos last night outlined his determination to keep defender Alan Stubbs at Parkhead, but admitted he may be powerless to have his wish. The talented centre-half is subject of interest, though not yet a formal bid, from Aston Villa and has hinted he wants a return south for the sake of his international ambitions. He was absent with an ankle problem at Fir Park as Celtic coped well without him via Henrik Larsson reigniting the club's title challenge with four goals in a stunning 7-1 win. Venglos said: ``All that I know is that the bid from Aston Villa has not come, but I would like Alan Stubbs to stay in the Celtic team. ``I know that he is a good quality player, but the rest I cannot analyse now and have to accept that what happens next may not be in my hands.''

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