Rumour Mill: Celtic and Ajax unite against Champions League plans | Clark to join Kilmarnock | Aberdeen are ‘the Scottish Leicester’

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is organising the club's opposition to rumoured Champions League reforms. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is organising the club's opposition to rumoured Champions League reforms. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL
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CELTIC and Ajax could join forces to kick-start a pan-Europe rescue team to block an invitation-only Champions League.

Celtic call on Ajax to oppose Champions League proposals

Peter Lawwell and Neil Doncaster are attempting to pull together a pan European rescue team to block the creation of an invitation only Champions League.

Parkhead chief executive Lawwell has already made contact with Dutch big guns Ajax as he bids to drum up enough support among rebels to bring down the plan to shut smaller nations out of European football’s elite event.

Lawwell has asked the Amsterdam club’s marketing director, former Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar, for crunch talks aimed at forming a united front against the proposals which are being championed by Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (Daily Record)

Kilmarnock agree deal with Clark in time for Rangers tie

Lee Clark is expected to be in charge of Kilmarnock in time for tomorrow night’s Scottish Cup fifth-round replay against Rangers at Rugby Park.

It is understood that the 43-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal to succeed Gary Locke – who resigned following a 1-0 home defeat by Hamilton Accies on 31 January – and that he will be unveiled at a press conference early this morning. (Scotsman)

Most fans want Aberdeen to win Premiership title

Shay Logan has hailed Aberdeen as ‘the Scottish Leicester and insisted all clubs, bar Celtic, are united in hoping Derek McInnes’ men win the title.

Despite working on a budget 10 times less than the reigning champions, a win at Inverness tonight would see the Dons draw level on points with the Parkhead giants at the top with 12 games remaining. (Scottish Daily Mail)

Hemmings up there with the best in the country

Dundee defender Darren O’Dea insists his team-mate Kane Hemmings is among the best strikers in the country.

The Dens Park forward took his season’s tally to 18 with a double against St Johnstone on Friday, putting him third in the top flight scoring charts behind Leigh Griffiths and Adam Rooney. (Scottish Sun)

Hibs won’t repeat Livingston performance in derby

Liam Henderson insists there is no chance Hibs will have another off day in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup replay against city rivals Hearts.

Alan Stubbs’ side blew the chance to cut the gap on Rangers at the top of the Championship table to six points after a goalless draw with Livingston on Saturday. (Scottish Daily Express)

Miller believes Rangers will rediscover goalscoring form,

Kenny Miller insists nobody at Rangers was concerned about their sudden loss of form up front - and confidently predicted they could score “three or four” against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup replay against Kilmarnock tomorrow.

Miller and his team-mates dominated their Championship meeting at Alloa on Saturday but had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw. (Herald)