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Fed-up Fergus McCann last night finally broke his silence over the reported rows between Wim Jansen and Jock Brown.

Celtic's Managing Director has told Mailsport he knows of NO PROBLEM existing between the Dutch Head Coach and the club's controversial General Manager.

And he blasted back at the rumour mongers claiming there has been a total breakdown in communication between the pair that has led to a bitter conflict in the corridors of Celtic Park.

He snapped: "I can categorically deny that there is anything going on.

"So far as I am concerned we have the right men in the right jobs and Celtic are moving in the right direction."

McCann has kept himself well out of the limelight since Mailsport revealed that David Hay, Celtic's former Chief Scout and Assistant General Manager, had told McCann there was a problem brewing between Jansen and Brown.

But on Friday, McCann broke off from discussing the breakaway league inside David Murray's Edinburgh office to nail the claims.

And he insisted he had NO reason to believe the Dutchman was angry enough to consider quitting the club.

He sighed: "All I can say is I think these stories must have come about on a very slow day for news."

This afternoon, Brown and Jansen will appear together for the first time since the row erupted at a Parkhead Press conference for Celtic's crucial televised game with Aberdeen tomorrow night.

Before then, Jansen will decide whether to approve the terms of Andy Ritchie's job as a scout for Celtic's first-team squad.

Ritchie, who started his playing career at Celtic Park and has also coached the youth team recently, has been offered a contract by Brown.

But the role he will be asked to fill - so vital in Celts' bid to halt Rangers' ten-in-a-row charge - has first to be given the all-clear by Jansen.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 1, 1998
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