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
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
"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
His deal is due to expire on
Monday - hours after the Bairns'
?rst match of 2011 against
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
Pressley added: "We have
approached Celtic with a new
proposal to keep Jason longer,
but again it comes down to
"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
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
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
"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
"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
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.