12pm Sports News: Featuring Celtic, Mourinho and Cook

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A round up of the latest news stories from across the world of sport.

Celtic are facing an uphill task to qualify for the Champions League. The Scottish champions lost the first leg of their qualifying play-off game 2-0 away at Shakhter Karagandy which has left the side with it all to do when they meet for the second leg in Scotland.

Reports this morning are rife with a possible third Chelsea bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. However, Jose Mourinho has hinted that the Blues have eyes on other targets in the likely event that Rooney doesn’t leave Old Trafford with United unwilling to sell to a main rival.

England captain Alastair Cook has admitted it will be an amazing moment to lift the Ashes. England and Australia meet in the final Ashes Test starting today at the Oval, with England holding an unassailable 3-0 lead.

“Knowing I will be the next captain to do it brings a smile to the face. In an absolutely ideal world, you want to do it with a victory,” said the Essex man.

Cook has also confirmed that spinner Monty Panesar is still very much in England’s plans. There have been doubts over Panesar’s England career following his release from Sussex following disciplinary problems during a night out in Brighton. Cook says the spinner has let himself and the country down but the door isn’t closed on an international return.

Meanwhile, Australian coach Darren Lehmann could be in for some criticism after urging Australian fans to unsettle Stuart Broad when the sides meet for the return Ashes series this winter.

“Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past. I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating,” said Lehmann.

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