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Watch: Why winning the title with Crusaders tops Wembley promotion, says Brian Jensen 

With a play-off victory at Wembley and a full season in the Premier League already on the CV, few players would rate any afternoon in the Irish League as the most special of their careers. But Brian Jensen is no ordinary player. The affable Dane landed his first ever league title at the age of 42 on Saturday, when his 83rd-minute wonder-save helped Crusaders to pip Coleraine to the post in the most thrilling of season climaxes. "It's my first year at Crusaders and my first title so I'm absolutely delighted. It has been a long time but there's life in the old dog yet," he laughed, taking a momentary pause from posing for countless photographs with supporters. "For the club to win it back and bring it back to Seaview, it's a great achievement for the lads."

Warrenpoint Town boss Stephen McDonnell.

I've got to give Warrenpoint a reason to keep me, says 25-year-old boss Stephen McDonnell 

It took a bit of getting used to when Irish League players were younger than me. I imagined I'd have another few years before I was talking to managers who made me feel a little over the hill. Step up Stephen McDonnell. The Dundalk man has, of course, been appointed Warrenpoint Town boss until the end of the season at just 25-years-old. One game into his fledgling managerial career and he has already taken the 'surreal' scalp of seeing off a David Jeffrey side, McDonnell's Town team beating Ballymena 3-1 in his first game in charge. Tonight he'll pit his wits against another top Irish League boss when Crusaders come to the south eastern tip of Northern Ireland for a Premiership game broadcast live on Sky Sports (kick-off 7.45pm).

Watch: Northern Ireland's aging stars should learn from Aaron Hughes' example, urges O'Neill 

Michael O'Neill wants his veteran players to learn from Aaron Hughes' experience of international retirement. The Hearts centre-back called time on his Northern Ireland career seven years ago after 79 international appearances. Fast forward a reversal of that decision and Hughes has topped the tonne of games for NI. The older members of O'Neill's current squad, such as Gareth McAuley (38), Chris Brunt (33) and captain Steven Davis (33), maintain a significant influence over the team. It's little surprise then, that the manager sought their thoughts on their futures before committing his own to the IFA with a bumper six-year deal.

Watch: Joe McCready is out to seal a permanent starting spot for league-leading Coleraine 

Coleraine forward Joe McCready is out to prove he's worthy of a starting spot - and not just when injury strikes. The 27 year-old has deputised for the injured Eoin Bradley in the last two outings and netted his first Premiership goal for the club on Saturday, a second half winner to sneak past Cliftonville 2-1. As he admits himself, it wasn't the most stunning of goals but a few more just like that and Bradley's place in the line-up could be under threat, even when the ex-Glenavon man returns from his knee ligament injury that is expected to sideline him for around two months. "It was just a ricochet and I was in the right place at the right time," said McCready, reflecting on his Solitude strike. "Jamie (McGonigle) was hustling the centre-half and I was there to tap it in with a toe-poke. I'll take those every week. "We're struggling injury-wise," he continued. "It's been a strange one. We're down to the bare bones at the minute but Oran (Kearney - manager) keeps pumping it into us that we've a squad there for a reason. Everybody's fighting for a jersey - as soon as they come on they have a chance to keep it. That's what I'm trying to do now myself as well."

Wayne Rooney takes part in Everton training following nasty cut 

Wayne Rooney looked to have been healing well as he took part in Everton's training session on Wednesday morning ahead of their Europa League Group E clash with Apollon Limassol. Rooney was left with a cut above his left eye and a bloodied face after being caught by the arm of Simon Francis in an aerial challenge during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Bournemouth. But there were no major signs of damage on the former England captain, who came off just after half-time in that game, as he trained in front of the media on Wednesday.

Video: Brendan Rodgers: Celtic played like under-12s against PSG 

Boss Brendan Rodgers claimed his Celtic side played like under-12s at times in their 5-0 thumping by Paris St Germain at Parkhead. The world's most expensive frontline did the damage in the first half of their Champions League Group B opener as Brazilian star Neymar opened the scoring in the 19th minute, 18-year-old French sensation Kylian Mbappe added a second in the 34th minute before Edinson Cavani netted with a penalty before the break.

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