United star striker Scott off to Celtic

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SKELMERSDALE United con­firmed this week that tal­ented for­ward Scott Bakkor will leave the club to join North­ern Premier League side Staly­bridge Celtic this sum­mer.

Bakkor, who turns 24 to­day, net­ted an im­pres­sive nine goals in 13 ap­pear­ances last sea­son which in­cluded a nine-minute hat-trick in the 3-2 come­back win over Ken­dal Town in March.

The striker - who has also rep­re­sented Col­wyn Bay and Marine - played a big part in help­ing Skem avoid the drop last sea­son, and man­ager Dave Powell ad­mit­ted there could be no hard feel­ings in the de­par­ture.

“Scott de­parts the club for pas­tures new with our best wishes and thanks,” Powell said.

“He ex­celled for us from start to fin­ish last sea­son as we ex­tended our stay in the di­vi­sion.

“His exit gives the op­por­tu­nity for other strik­ers to join us for the up­com­ing sea­son and fol­low in the steps of Scott, his pre­de­ces­sor Andy Owens [who joined Con­nah’s Quay No­mads in Jan­uary] and oth­ers be­fore them.”

Powell did, how­ever, pro­vide a mas­sive boost for Skelmersdale fans as he con­vinced 14 of the cur­rent United squad to stay on for the up­com­ing sea­son.

Mid­fielder Mike Roddy, for­mer Ever­ton youth cap­tain Tom Molyneux and Phil Mooney who lifted both the Sup­port­ers’ and Play­ers’ Player of the Sea­son gongs sev­eral weeks ago - were among the high­est-profile names to re-sign for the new cam­paign.

“It is great to have so many of the squad ex­tend their com­mit­ment to the club so early and there are still dis­cus­sions on­go­ing with other mem­bers of the squad,” Powell said.

“Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of striker Scott Bakkor, Jor­dan Darr’s re­turn to Chor­ley, and Liam Davies’ pro­gres­sion to South­port, there are clear op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­turn­ing lads to stake a claim.

“The door is al­ways open for other new lads to come in and join us - es­pe­cially in the at­tack­ing po­si­tions, whilst this can also be con­sid­ered a work-in­progress from my point of view.”

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