Celtic to make loan offer for Premiership striker| Rangers ‘have money to close gap’| Strachan ‘can’t afford to lose’

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Gordon Strachan must pick the right lineup for the crucial qualifier against Slovenia, Rangers will back their manager with money to spend in the transfer window and Celtic could be lining up a bold loan move for a striker Rodgers wanted in 2015.

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Could the Southampton striker be heading to Celtic? Picture; Getty

Could the Southampton striker be heading to Celtic? Picture; Getty

Strachan can’t afford to get it wrong

Gordon Strachan has admitted it is crunch time for his side and that he ‘is finished’ if he picks the wrong team or if the National Side ‘screw up’ the tie against Slovenia. Scotland have 4 points from a possible 12. Of all the crucial decision to make, Strachan has admitted that the right striker could be the most crucial decision he will make in his tenure. (Various)

Rangers will spend to catch Celtic

Dave King says being forced to change their manager following the appointment of Pedro Caixinha will not alter Rangers’ plan to catch and overtake Celtic “within the reasonably foreseeable future”. He said: “The resources available to Rangers are significantly above all other clubs by a factor of a couple of hundred per cent, other than Celtic. (BBC)

Celtic to make a loan offer for player wanted by Rodgers in 2015

According to a report Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez is growing tired of being a fringe player at St Mary’s and could be open to a move to Celtic Park. The striker was a target for Brendan Rodgers in 2015 while he was in charge at Anfield and a bold loan move could be in the offering. According to reports, the striker could see the opportunity as the ideal way to get his career back on track after a number of serious injuries.

Rae ‘astonished by Rangers plans’

Alex Rae has revealed he was blown away by Pedro Caixinha’s ideas on how to revive Rangers and close the gap on Celtic. Rae said he was stunned by the modern approach taken by Caixinha (The Sun)

Brown backs Strachan

Scott Brown has said that Gordon Strachan is the best coach in the business and must remain in the fold as National Team manager regardless of the result against Slovenia. (Various)

Dundee Utd to release secret weapon in Cup Final

Ray McKinnon has admitted he has considered starting 18-year-old Ali Coote and that he could be Dundee United’s secret weapon in today’s Challenge Cup Final against St Mirren. (Evening Times)

Hearts ‘won’t settle for fifth’

Ian Cathro stressed today that Hearts won’t accept fifth place in the Scottish Premiership and that his side will do all it takes to climb the table. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Scotland game ‘ideal environment’ for Tierney

Kieran Tierney has said that if he starts against Slovenia, it is the kind of pressure he thrives under and that his Scottish team mates will feel no different in trying to get a crucial win for the side. (Edinburgh Evening News)