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Wigan reward buoyant Chimbonda

Published: Friday 11 November 2005, 0.19CET
News round-up: Pascal Chimbonda is rewarded for a fine start to life in the English Premiership while Rangers FC's woes increase in Scotland.

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Published: Friday 11 November 2005, 0.19CET

Wigan reward buoyant Chimbonda

News round-up: Pascal Chimbonda is rewarded for a fine start to life in the English Premiership while Rangers FC's woes increase in Scotland.
Wigan Athletic FC have agreed a new four-year contract with Pascal Chimbonda, the French defender who joined the English Premiership newcomers in the summer from SC Bastia. Chimbonda arrived on a three-year deal with a buyout clause but was happy to accept the improved terms. "I'm surprised how well it's gone," said the 26-year-old, who has been ever-present for second-placed Wigan, scoring two goals in eleven games.

Coach Igoris Pankratjevas has parted company with FBK Kaunas after losing the Lithuanian title to FK Ekranas. The 41-year-old handed in his resignation before Kaunas's final game of the season, the 2-0 victory at FK Nevézis on Wednesday. Pankratjevas's contract had been due to expire at the end of the campaign. The club's third coach of 2005 after Valdas Ivanauskas and Aleksandr Piskariov, he took charge in August and led Kaunas to the Lithuanian Cup as well as improved league results.

Celtic FC knocked holders Rangers FC out of the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 home win in Wednesday's quarter-final. Shaun Maloney's superb first-half strike and a Stefan Klos own goal increased the pressure on Rangers manager Alex McLeish, who saw Sotirios Kyrgiakos sent off midway through the second half. Celtic join Livingston FC, Dunfermline Athletic FC and Motherwell FC in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, former Rangers player Willie Paton has died at the age of 80. Paton, an inside-forward, joined the Ibrox club in 1947 and went on to make 164 appearances, scoring 68 times.

Last updated: 10/11/05 19.47CET

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