Falkirk make moves to keep Tam McManus and Jason Marr

IT'S over to you. That's the message to Tam McManus and Neil Lennon from Falkirk manager Steven Pressley.

After a meeting with club

chairman Martin Ritchie last

week, the Bairns' boss was given

good news that the club are able

to retain the services of both

Tam McManus, and Jason Marr

- if his parent club agree.

A contract extension until

the end of the season has been

offered to McManus, who was

injured in his third competitive

game for the Bairns against

Hearts.

He's almost back to full ?tness

and has been playing a bit-part

in training this week.

"Thomas McManus has

returned to training, in spells,

with the ?rst team," the boss told

Heraldsport. "He has managed

to take part in the warm-ups and

the early stages of training.

"After I discussed matters

with the chairman we will be

offering him a contract until the

end of the season.

"Thomas knows the situation

?nancially at the club, and I

think we've looked after him

through his rehabilitation in the

best possible manner.

"It is really unfortunate the

way his last few months panned

out because he has a lot to offer

this club.

"It's now up to him, but he

does seem very happy here."

As McManus is expected to

stick around, the situation with

defender Marr is slightly more

complicated.

His deal is due to expire on

Monday - hours after the Bairns'

?rst match of 2011 against

Stirling Albion.

But Pressley has approached

his former team-mate Neil

Lennon in a bid to retain Marr

a little longer. That involves

re-negotiating the terms of his

loan which Celtic are currently

mulling over.

Pressley added: "We have

approached Celtic with a new

proposal to keep Jason longer,

but again it comes down to

finance.

"We've asked to review some

of the terms of his deal - but

again it's financial and Celtic

know the situation too.

"We want him to stay, Jason is

happy here, and it's really up to

Celtic now - but we are hopeful

they will agree and we can hang

onto Jason because I would love

to keep him.

"I have been really pleased

with him since he's arrived."

The Bairns were in action last

night against Raith Rovers after

work on clearing the Falkirk

Stadium pitch of water and

ice paid off yesterday morning

(pictured).

The match had been

rescheduled from December 4

and failed a previous attempt

at the ?xture on December 14

- right in the middle of the cold

snap.

Managing Director George

Craig told Heraldsport: "We

made a real effort to get the game

on that day, but the volume of

snow was just too much.

"We carried on working on

the pitch hoping to get the go-

ahead for the Partick game, but

I remember being out on the

pitch when we would have been

playing Raith and it was bitterly

cold.

"We have to remember we are

an entertainment business - it's

not enjoyable sitting outside at

night when it is minus seven or

eight - regardless of what's on

the pitch.

"We're hoping that's the

worst of the weather over and

the supporters can turn out in

a little more comfort than they

may have been."

On Sunday, Division One

bottom club Stirling Albion -

the Bairns last opponents way

back on November 13 - visit The

Falkirk Stadium.

McBookie.com make Bairns

2/5 to see in the New Year with

three points. Albion are 6/1 and

the draw is 7/2. A repeat of the 5-

0 scoreline is 40/1.Mark Stewart

is 5/1 to score ?rst.