CELTIC’S goalkeeper could finally get his England chance, Dave King is cleared to make a move at Ibrox, and plans for a bigger World Cup get Scottish backing, plus the latest from around Scottish football in Tuesday’s Rumour Mill
Fraser Forster to get England cap vs Chile
CELTIC’S Fraser Forster is reportedly in line for his England debut against Chile on 15 November.
The Celtic stopper will replace Joe Hart as part of planned squad rotation by manager Roy Hodgson, as current first-choice Hart endures a poor run of form at Manchester City. (Mail)
King gets Rangers board OK
DAVE King has reportedly been given the all-clear by Stock Exchange officials to take a seat on the Rangers board.
The South Africa-based businessman was in a series of meetings with advisers and Alternative Investment Market officials yesterday, and the Stock Exchange said last night that King is now free to become Rangers chairman pending approval of the Ibrox board. (Record)
• Ally McCoist claims to have had no dialogue with Dave King.
King was in Methil for Saturday’s 4-0 League One victory over East Fife and manager McCoist said that they only “exchanged pleasantries” afterwards, and have had no contact since.
Craig Brown backs bigger World Cup
FORMER Scotland boss Craig Brown has given his backing to a proposal to increase the number of teams in the World Cup to 40.
Brown, who managed Scotland in their last major tournament appearance at France 98, said: “ “The more the better. I don’t care if it’s 50 or 40 nations, anything that would help us get back I would be in favour of.” (Scotsman)
Everton want Ryan Gauld
DUNDEE United’s Ryan Gauld is a reported transfer target for Premier League high-fliers Everton.
The 17-year-old midfielder is reportedly on the radar of Everton boss Roberto Martinez, whose side currently sit sixth in the English top flight.
Everton are reportedly also interested in United defender John Souttar. (Sun)
Ignore the form guide, Fenlon tells Hibs
HIBS should not look to Hearts’ recent form ahead of their League Cup clash tomorrow, according to manager Pat Fenlon.
The manager said: “We have to make sure we are ready to play Hearts.
“We must worry about ourselves, not about what’s going on over the road.” (Express)
Cammy Bell: Rangers stint won’t keep me from cap
RANGERS goalie Cammy Bell does not think that playing in League One will unduly affect his chances of a run in the Scotland squad.
Bell, capped once for his country, is hopeful of a return to the squad for the friendlies against Norway and the USA next month.
Bell said: “I thought signing for Rangers would enhance my Scotland chances.
“Every other week I’m playing at Ibrox in front of 45,000.” (Herald)
Jorge Cadete could coach Celtic strikers
FORMER Celtic striker Jorge Cadete could be set for a return to the club as strikers’ coach.
The Express report that the Portuguese cult hero has been in discussions with Neil Lennon since the pair met at last year’s Scottish Cup final.
Cadete said: “Strikers need specific work and I would help them out.
“I am waiting and hope that I can do something to help.
“If they want me I am available. It would be a pleasure and honour to work at Celtic.” (Express)
• Dutch goalie Warner Hahn is aware of Celtic’s interest in him - but won’t move to the Scottish champions unless he’s Neil Lennon’s first-choice keeper.
Hahn, 21, currently plays for FC Dordrecht in the Dutch second division. (Record)
• Celtic’s Champions League opponents Ajax endured another setback yesterday - when the inflatable roof was torn off their training venue.
Butcher calls for booking rethink
INVERNESS manager Terry Butcher has called the SFA to change the rule that has left two of his players carrying bookings from their abandoned Highland derby.
Ross Draper and Gary Warren were yellow-carded in the first half before the match was abandoned due to floodlight failure, but SFA rules state that those yellow cards are counted even though the game was called off.
Butcher said: “I’ll be pushing hard for a change in the laws as it’s ludicrous bookings in an abandoned game tally up.”
IN OTHER NEWS
• Scotland captain Darren Fletcher made his first appearance in a Manchester United jersey for over a year last night, playing as an over-age member of the under-21 side against Fulham.
• Jackie McNamara is keen to sign Nadir Ciftci to a new deal at Tannadice - the striker’s current contract expires in just over 18 months’ time.
• Pars United, the fans’ group which bought Dunfermline Athletic last week, are to spell out their plans for the future of the club at a meeting tonight.
• Former Celtic ace Aiden McGeady looks set to leave Spartak Moscow in January. The Irish winger is out of contract at the end of the Russian season in January, and has yet to sign a new deal.