Rangers linked with move for Lech Poznan defender Paulus Arajuuri and close in on Rossiter; bookies have stopped taking bets on Roy Keane becoming the new Celtic manager and Man United line up shock swoop for Celtic starlet Daniel Church
Bookmaker suspends betting on new Celtic manager
Bookies Boylesports have suspended betting on Roy Keane becoming the new manager of Celtic.
Reports from inside Celtic Park however say that no announcement is imminent and that the club is still interviewing candidates for the position.
Current boss Ronny Deila announced he was leaving Parkhead at the end of the season following two years at the helm. (Various)
• David Moyes is also linked again today with the vacant Celtic job.
Deila steps down on Sunday at the end of the season, having chosen to leave the Hoops in the summer.
Moyes, who has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad, had previously expressed a wish to return to management in England but could be swayed if his former club comes calling. (Daily Mail)
Rangers eye Finnish defender
RANGERS could test Lech Poznan’s resolve with a summer bid for Finnish defender Paulus Arajuuri, according to reports.
Mark Warburton could raid the Polish Ekstraklasa side again, despite a January move for goalkeeper Maciej Gostomski not working out.
The 27-year-old centre back, who has 11 international caps, has had experience with IFK Marihamn in his homeland; Kalmar FF in Sweden and Poznan. (Various)
Rossiter move close to completion
THE Gers are also close to tying up a deal for Liverpool youngster Jordan Rossiter, who is available for arund £250,000.
Rossiter, 19, has made just five appearances for the Reds since 2014 but has struggled with injury.
The England Under-19 international could be Mark Warburton’s first signing of the summer, not counting the pre-contracts agreed by Accrington duo Matt Crooks and Josh Windass. (Daily Record)
Celtic face competition for Bolton defender
CELTIC face competition for Arsenal for Bolton defender Rob Holding, it has emerged.
The Hoops have scouted the 20-year-old eight times, but the Gunners have reportedly already made a bid for Holding, who can operate at right back or centre half.
Bournemouth and Everton have also been linked with Holding, who has been at Bolton since 2004, but the defender could cost up to £5 million plus a loan-back agreement. (Scottish Sun)
Man United eye Celtic starlet
MANCHESTER United could make a shock bid for Celtic starlet Daniel Church.
The Red Devils have recently tasked Nicky Butt with heading up their new academy structure and it is believed the 15-year-old defender is wanted by United.
The Old Trafford side reportedly tried to tempt Jack Aitchison south before the striker signed a new three-year deal with the Hoops. (Daily Star)
Dons chase Bournemouth striker
ABERDEEN have been credited with an interest in Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley.
The 22-year-old has been on loan at Exeter and Portsmouth this season, and has made 25 appearacens for the Cherries since 2009.
He scored 14 goals in 22 appearances while on loan at Woking in 2012/13 and could form part of Aberdeen’s assault on the Scottish Premiership in the 2016/17 campaign. (Various)
Osman ‘turned down half of Premiership’
ABDUL Osman has revealed he turned down ‘five or six’ Premiership sides to extend his stay at Partick Thistle.
The Jags skipper, who moved to Firhill in July 2014, has been a stand-out performer for the club this year. (Various)
Celtic offer Tierney five-year deal
KIERAN Tierney is to be offered a long-term contract at Celtic that would keep him at Parkhead until 2021.
The 18-year old has three years to go until his current contract expires, but Peter Lawwell is reportedly keen on tying up the youngster on a longer deal.
Tierney claimed the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City all keeping tabs on the youngster. (Scottish Sun)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Hamilton defender Ziggy Gordon has confirmed he will leave New Douglas Park under freedom of contract in the summer
• Dundee United coach Dave Bowman tipped Ray McKinnon to be a smash-hit as the Tangerines’ new manager – because his past proves he is driven to be a boss
• Alex McLeish said he had dreamed of “doing a Ranieri” with Egyptian side Zamalek, but was moved on after only nine weeks in charge of the club with not enough time to put his dreams in motion
• Neil Lennon has admitted he would find it ‘difficult to say no’ if Celtic asked him back as manager