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Biton set to join Celtic

Israeli international midfielder Nir Biton looks set to join Scottish soccer champions Glasgow Celtic, according to reports this week in the British media. Biton, 21, who was previously on the books at Manchester City, is reportedly in Scotland for a medical, after which he is expected to sign for Celtic for £700,000 (NIS 3.9 million). The player was quoted as telling the Daily Express on Tuesday that he was keen on a move to Celtic and had been sold on the move by Efe Ambrose, his former teammate at Ashdod. On Wednesday night, Celtic qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, after overturning a 2-0 deficit against FC Shakhter. (Haaretz Sports Staff)

FIFA’s Palestine task force to begin work next week

The newly created FIFA Task Force – established by soccer’s world governing body to improve the plight of players and officials in the Palestinian territories – will hold its first meeting in Zurich on Tuesday, according to the FIFA website. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the establishment of the Task Force in July, following a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Palestine Football Association has complained in recent months that Israel has impeded the movement of players in the Palestinian league and prevented foreign players and officials entering the West Bank to participate in an international tournament there. Next week’s meeting will be attended by Israel Football Association chairman Avi Luzon, his Palestinian counterpart Jibril Rajoub and officials from the Asian and European soccer bodies. (Haaretz Sports Staff)

Former rugby star, BBC broadcaster Morgan dies

Cliff Morgan, a former Wales captain who became a BBC commentator and editor after his rugby career ended, has died. He was 83. The Welsh Rugby Union announced Morgan's death on Thursday, but did not disclose the cause or date. The BBC said he died after a long illness. Morgan recovered from a life-threatening stroke when he was 42, and had his larynx removed in 2005 after being diagnosed with throat cancer. The fly half played 29 times for Wales and also captained the British and Irish Lions. After retiring from rugby at 28, Morgan thrived in a broadcasting career as both a rugby commentator and editor of sports and current affairs programs. "We have all lost one of rugby's greats," WRU president Dennis Gethin said. (AP)