Scottish Premier League

Fenlon wants tribute to Reilly

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Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:43:00

Lucas Biglia has completed his move from Anderlecht to Lazio, signing a five-year deal with the Serie A club.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who spent the last seven seasons in Belgium, has been a long-term target of the Italian club as they look to build on last season's seventh placed finish.

The two clubs have agreed terms for the player a few days ago as Biglia arrived at Lazio's summer training camp in Auronzo di Cadore to link up with his new team-mates.

But now the deal for the former Argentinos Juniors and Independiente player has officially been completed.

The club made the announcement with a statement on their official website: "SS Lazio announce that player Lucas Biglia signed with the club on a five-year deal."

Morsy, who joined the Spireites from Port Vale last month, came off in the second half of Tuesday night's friendly nursing a calf problem.

However, Lynch expects the combative midfielder to be fine for Chesterfield's final pre-season match against Sheffield Wednesday at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

"It was just a challenge from their lad that I thought was a bit unnecessary to be honest," said Lynch following his side's 2-1 home loss to Wolves.

"He didn't need to go down the back of him. It's just stud marks down the back of his calf, it's not a pull or a strain or anything like that.

"It's nothing to worry about and I'm sure Sam, as brave as he is, won't let it affect him and he'll be ready for the next game on Saturday."

Blackburn defender Edwards, 19, had been training with the Spireites and on Tuesday signed a one-month loan deal with the League Two club.

Following the friendly defeat to Wolves, in which Edwards played 35 minutes as a second-half substitute, first-team coach Lynch said: "Ryan's come in on loan for us and is a great addition to the team. He's a very good centre-half, which is something we may need.

"I think he'll be a great addition for us. It's been well documented that we've needed someone in there and I think he'll do well for us.

"He's only just come into the side with a few day's training and after a bit longer he will bed in really well and he'll learn from us because we've got great players in our team.

"He's a fantastic player who knows the league well so I'm confident he'll do well here."

Edwards made over 30 appearances in League Two last season during loan spells at Rochdale and Fleetwood.

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has agreed a deal in principle with the striker and hopes to have the deal wrapped up by the end of the week.

"I have had a conversation with Lewis and verbally we are both agreed on something," Abbott told the News&Star.

"John [Nixon, managing director]has okayed it in principle. It just needs Lewis to finally agree and for John to find some pieces of paper with all those figures on and for Lewis to sign it.

"Lewis has said this is the happiest he has been in his football for a long time. He likes the fact he is a senior player and can help our younger ones and when you see him chasing after causes up at the top of the pitch, it's a great fillip for us. I thought he was terrific against Bolton."

A minute's applause will be held before the second qualifying round second leg for Reilly, who scored 238 goals for Hibs and helped them to three league titles in the early post-war period.

A fuller tribute will be paid to the former Scotland centre-forward, who netted five goals in Wembley clashes with England, when Motherwell visit Leith in the Scottish Premiership opener.

But Easter Road will be an emotional place on Thursday night as Hibs fans gather for the first time since Reilly died aged 84 in the early hours of Monday.

And Fenlon wants his players to rise to the occasion and pay their own homage to Reilly, who led the club's 'Famous Five' forward line, as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit against the Swedish league leaders.

The Irishman said: "It's been a very sad and difficult week for everyone associated with the club. He was obviously one of the best players the club has ever had.

"If you're looking for a true Hibs man through and through, he fits the bill.

"I met him a couple of times around the ground on match day. He was a gentleman as well as being a very, very good footballer.

"It would be a nice way to pay real tribute to his memory if we can go and win the game.

"It would be lovely to put a smile back on people's faces.

"We're hoping we can do it justice. We've got a tough task but we are playing at home and we're looking forward to a big crowd getting behind us here.

"If we can nick the first goal, let's see what happens."

Hibs captain James McPake is aiming to take inspiration from the life of Reilly, who scored 22 goals in 38 internationals.

"I had the pleasure of being in his company at a good few events through the club," McPake said.

"The last time I met him was April and even then he was in good form, he was joking away. We had lost to St Johnstone the night before and he was having a bit of a go at me for the way we had played.

"That was Lawrie, he was great to everyone and we were all glad when he was round the place.

"We were all deeply saddened by the news at the start of the week.

"But it's spurring us on a bit because we want to go out and do it for him and his family."

Large queues assembled at Easter Road on Wednesday afternoon as fans added to the 11,000 tickets already sold by lunchtime.

"He was such a legend and such a hero to so many of the people that come here," McPake said.

"The fans will be here paying tribute to Lawrie and that's only going to help us with emotion and the atmosphere.

"It's something we have got to react to and use."

Meanwhile, Fenlon refused to comment on the club's pursuit of Swindon striker James Collins.

Hibs are reportedly in talks with the 22-year-old Irishman, who scored 18 goals last season, after having a bid accepted.

Fenlon, who is missing the injured Ryan McGivern, Tim Clancy and Paul Cairney against Malmo, said: "I'm not going to comment on it. There's enough being said about it outside of the club.

"We'll try and do our business and when we get something done we'll let people know as soon as we can."

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