Friendly wins for Swans and Sunderland
Premier League newcomers Swansea enjoyed a morale-boosting 2-0 win over a strong Celtic side in a pre-season friendly at the Liberty Stadium.
Defender Angel Rangel coolly volleyed home after Dominic Cervi failed to deal with a low shot, before Steven Dobbie's controlled shot capped an encouraging night for Brendan Rodgers' side.
Leroy Lita made his Swansea bow off the bench while fellow new boys Danny Graham and Steven Caulker were handed home debuts from the start against a Celtic side which included the likes of Scott Brown and Gary Hooper.
Swans boss Brendan Rogders was full of praise for £1.75 milliion signing Lita after the game, saying: "I am delighted to have signed Leroy. He is a great addition to the group. He has blended in well and just wants to play.
"He went through the stringent medical process that we have here and he completed that and jumped out to play tonight without a training session. Tonight I think you saw his strength, and his movement and pace threatened in behind. I believe he will be a great addition to this group over the next few years.''
Norwich City drew 1-1 with Spanish club Real Zaragoza in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road that was suspended for 10 minutes in the second half due to lightning.
Norwich took the lead in the 15th minute through Ritchie De Laet but La Liga outfit Zaragoza equalised just before the break when Braulio netted.
The friendly was then halted in the 62nd minute when, according to the club's official website, at least two of the Carrow Road floodlights failed due to what was believed to have been a lightning strike. The players left the pitch as power was restored before the contest resumed with neither side able to force a winner.
Aston Villa slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Derby at Pride Park. The Championship club warmed up for the start of the new season this weekend with a victory thanks to second-half goals from Steve Davies and Ben Davies. Substitute Steve opened the scoring in the 56th minute from the penalty spot before Ben netted the second 13 minutes from time against a Villa side missing several first-team players.
A Sunderland XI enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Darlington with new signings Ji Dong-Won and Craig Gardner both on the scoresheet with their first goals for the club. Jordan Cook put the Black Cats ahead at the Northern Echo Arena and former Birmingham man Gardner made it 2-0 with a fine free-kick just before half-time.
South Korea international Ji, a summer arrival Chunnam Dragons, added Sunderland`s third in the 65th minute.