Celtic clinch a £3.5 million deal for Scott Sinclair; Hibs snub a £1.7 millon bid for Jason Cummings; plus more news and gossip in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Celtic sign Scott Sinclair
Brendan Rodgers has finally managed to secure the signature of Scott Sinclair.
CELTIC landed the Aston Villa star for a reported £3.5 million. Subject to passing his medical examination, Sinclair could make his debut against Hearts.
Rodgers promised there would be further new signings over the weekend. (Various)
Hibs block bid to poach Jason Cummings
HIBERNIAN have snubbed a £1.7 million bid for Jason Cummings from English side Peterborough.
Peterborough manager Grant McCann has hinted he hasn’t given up his pursuit of the Under-21 Scotland star.
The League One club reportedly offered £1.1 million up front for the striker, adding on a further £600,000 to push the deal through. (Scottish Sun)
Rangers anger at report into Scottish Cup Final pitch invasion
Rangers expressed their anger on Friday at the findings of an independent report into the mayhem at the end of Scottish Cup Final in May.
Ibrox bosses insisted the report - which blamed a core of 200 Hibs fans - was full of ‘inconsistenciesand contradications’ and demanded ‘urgent’ with the SFA.
The meeting request however looks set to be rejected by the SFA. (Scottish Daily Mail)
Shinnie launches attack on Maribor match referee
ABERDEEN’S Graeme Shinnie has revealed that Bulgarian referee Nikola Popov threated to red card him everytime he opened his mouth during the Europa League qualifier match against Maribor.
The Dons’ midfielder launched a blistering attack on Popov, saying he was still angry at a string of wrong decisions.
Manager Derek McInnes also accused him of ruining his side’s European ambitions. (Daily Record)
Dons boost as Adam Rooney extends contract
ABERDEEN were given a boost after the misery of defeat against Maribor with the news Adam Rooney has extended his contract at Pittodrie.
Striker Rooney - who missed a crucial penalty in the Europa League qualifier - has committed to the Dons until 2020. The Scotsman
Killie close to landing Hoyte
KILMARNOCK are reported closing in on a deal to sign former Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte.
31-year-old Hoyte left Dagenham and Redbridge at the end of last season.
Charlton are also now courting Josh Magennis for £100,000. (Daily Express)
Mark Warburton: Rangers can win the league
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has insisted his side can win the title as he leads his side into the top flight again on Saturday.
Hamilton are hoping to cause an upset but Warburton has said he hopes this is the beginning of a memorable campaign.
He said: “To turn round and say we’ll win it is naive and foolish, but we’ve got a good enough squad to do it.” (Daily Express)
NEWS IN BRIEF:
• Ex-Rangers boss Dick Advocaat has failed in his bid to become Belgium coach for the second time. (Daily Record)
• St Johnstone are without defender Keith Watson and midfielder Chris Millar against Aberdeen due to injury.(Evening Telegraph)