CELTIC have been invited to talks aimed at expanding the G14 group of powerful European clubs - but there is no place for Rangers.

Sevilla, Chelsea, Roma, Monaco, Werder Bremen, Benfica and Celtic are among 22 clubs to meet with the 18 existing members in Brussels next month.

Red Star Belgrade, Steaua Bucharest, CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Kiev, Sparta Prague, Wisla Krakow and Levski Sofia will represent Eastern Europe.

Anderlecht, Fenerbahce, Olympiacos, Basle, Maccabi Haifa, FC Copenhagen, Rosenborg and Austria Vienna will also attend the meeting. Kenny Miller's hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared. The Scotland striker was a doubt for Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy in two weeks but Derby boss Billy Davies today revealed the player should be fit to play Villa this weekend.

Italy defender Marco Materazzi is expected to be at Hampden afer recovering from a thigh injury. The first Old Firm reserve clash of the season ended 2-2 at Broadwood. Celtic went 2-0 up through a Chris Smith og and Bobo Balde before Steven Lennon and Jordan McMillan brought Gers level. The English FA are to commission a study on a possible bid for the 2018 World Cup today. Australia, China, the United States, Russia and Japan are also interested in hosting the finals. A joint approach from the Holland and Belgium could also emerge. In today's English press Newcastle have banned former chairman Freddy Shepherd from St James' Park Thierry Henry is frustrated with life at Barcelona. Brazil face £550million bill to build or refurbish 10 stadiums for 2014 World Cup Finals. Terry Venables says Steve McClaren should stay England coach even if they fail to qualify for Euro 2008.