PAUL Murray claims Green is still in the wings at Rangers, Scotland reacts to England’s match-fixing scandal, and Celtic are linked with a new left-back, plus the rest of today’s football news in Friday’s Rumour Mill
Charles Green still involved, claims Murray
PAUL Murray has alleged that former chief executive Charles Green is still involved behind the scenes at Rangers.
Murray said: “We went to see a shareholder last week and he told us Charles Green had been to see him the previous day.
“You have to ask the question; if Green has sold his shares and is no longer involved with the club, why is he going to see shareholders to influence them to vote for the board?” (Mail)
‘Scottish match-fixing could happen’ says PFA leader
SCOTTISH football could be a target for potential match-fixers and it is “extremely naive” to think otherwise, according to players’ union communications boss Jack Ross.
The PFA Scotland man told the Herald: “What’s happening in England shows that the globalisation of betting markets, and the huge sums of money involved, means almost everything is fair game.
“Is there an environment in Scotland for match-fixing to happen? Of course. That’s why it’s so vital we continue to try to prevent it.” (Herald)
• MATCHES in Scotland may already have been fixed, according to former SFA security boss David Brand. (Record)
• SPFL chief Neil Doncaster says he is “absolutely sure” there is no match-fixing in the Scottish game. (Various)
Arsenal, Man United send scouts for Gauld
SCOUTS from Manchester United and Arsenal will be running the rule over Dundee United wonderkid Ryan Gauld this weekend.
United take on Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup tonight, and representatives from the two teams will be in attendance.
Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool have all reportedly sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old this season. (Herald/Sun)
Celtic in talks over Taylor-Sinclair
PARTICK Thistle have reportedly given Celtic permission to hold talks with full-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.
The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, with Neil Lennon’s side keen to snap him up to a pre-contract agreement.
Cardiff City and Southampton have both been linked with the defender. (Express)
• MO Bangura is set to return to Celtic Park from his loan spell at Elfsborg to compete for a spot up front - he riled fans by playing AGAINST Celtic in their Champions League qualifier. (Various)
Hearts administration meeting set to take place
HEARTS’ future could become clearer today, with a creditors’ meeting scheduled for this morning to discuss a planned Company Voluntary Agreement.
The meeting will go ahead if the administrators of the club’s key creditors Ukio Bankas and UBIG give the go-ahead.
The Foundation of Hearts have drafted the Agreement, which would see them take over the club next year. (Various)
Samaras ‘Europe’s dirtiest player’
STATISTICS from UEFA have revealed that Georgios Samaras is the dirtiest player in the Champions League.
The Greek attacker has given away 23 free-kicks in five games - six more than his nearest rival.
Samaras has been booked just twice in this season’s competition. (Record)
IN OTHER NEWS:
• ROSS County are eyeing a return for Greek left-back Evangelos Oikonomou, who played 18 games for them last year. (P&J)
• ROWAN Vine has avoided a ban for his Twitter row with Neil Lennon, receiving an official censure instead. (Various)