Rumour Mill: Aberdeen fans plan Rangers stunt | Celtic eye Lindelof | Celtic ‘didn’t speak to Barton’

Victor Lindelof in action for Benfica. The defender has been linked with Celtic. Picture: Getty Images

Victor Lindelof in action for Benfica. The defender has been linked with Celtic. Picture: Getty Images

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Celtic linked with Swedish defender; Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic never spoke to Joey Barton and Scotland women U19s deny hangover claims

Aberdeen fans applause plan

Aberdeen fans are planning a minute’s applause to welcome “Rangers to Pittodrie for the first time”.

The Pittodrie supporters are encouraging supporters to clap in the 12th minute – a reference to the year of liquidation – and wear black armbands.

Posters encouraging fans to go along with the plan have been put up around Aberdeen.

Celtic linked with Benfica ace

CELTIC have been linked with Swedish defender Victor Lindelof - but face competition for the Benfica centre half.

No fewer than 11 English Premier League sides took in Benfica’s clash with Besiktas last week, with Lindelof believed to be one of the players being watched.

But reports in Portugal have credited the Hoops with an interest in the 22-year-old, who has made seven appearances for Sweden. (A Bola)

Rodgers denies speaking to Barton

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Celtic did not make contact with Joey Barton or his agent during the summer.

Barton claims in his new book that Celtic were keen on signing him but the Parkhead side have refuted the claims. (Sky Sports)

Gordon should have seen red

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon should have been sent off for a waist-high lunge at Alloa’s Greig Spence, according to Jack Ross, manager of the League 1 side. Celtic scored twice in the last seven minutes to beat Alloa 2-0 in the Betfred Cup quarter-final. Gordon was booked by referee Alan Muir for the challenge. (The Scotsman)

We weren’t too drunk to play, claim Scots women

Senior Scottish football sources have denied reports that the Scotland women’s under-19 squad were too hungover to play Serbia in a European Championship qualifier. The match was postponed due to an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis, said the SFA. Reports on Serbian news websites claimed the Scots had been seen out drinking to celebrate a previous win. (Various)

Barton has unfinished Old Firm business

Joey Barton believes he still has a future at Rangers and wants the chance to take revenge on Celtic for the 5-1 defeat earlier this month. The suspended midfielder said: “Hopefully I get the chance to play in a few more Old Firm matches.” (Various)

Deposed captain wishes Kitchen well

New Hearts captain Perry Kitchen has revealed that deposed skipper Alim Ozturk congratulated him on his appointment. The American midfielder acknowledged it must have been tough for the defender. (The Scotsman)

Gunning guns for Dundee United fans

Former Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning says the Tannadice fans didn’t given him enough respect amid suggestions the supporters never forgave him for picking up the ball and walking off the pitch during a crucial clash with Inverness last season. Gunning helped new club Morton knock United out of the Betfred Cup. (The Sun)

Hutton set for Villa exit

Scotland right-back Alan Hutton is likely to be offloaded by Aston Villa in January. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and has slipped down the pecking order at the Championship club. (The Sun)

Regrets of Tam McManus

Former Hibs striker Tam McManus admits he should have had a better career and blames bad off the field habits. “I went out at the wrong time, I ate the wrong food, and I loved my fizzy drinks, just the good old west coast of Scotland diet.” (The Herald)

Killie cash offer for chairman

Kilmarnock directors have offered former chairman Michael Johnston a £1.9 million pay-off to sever his links with the club. However, negotiations are close to collapse. (Daily Mail)

NEWS IN BRIEF

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• Falkirk defender Peter Grant will return to full training today after nine months out injured

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