Rumour Mill: ‘Door open’ for Roberts return | Rangers target Jamie Walker dropped | Besiktas target Celtic defender

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Celtic are willing to step up their efforts in solving their striker problem by bringing Patrick Roberts back to Celtic Park, Hearts have reportedly dropped Rangers transfer target Jamie Walker for their game against Dunfermline, and could a Celtic defender be moving to Turkey?

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Could Patrick Roberts be set for a Celtic return? Picture; John Devlin

Could Patrick Roberts be set for a Celtic return? Picture; John Devlin

Celtic ‘step up’ pursuit of Roberts

Brendan Rodgers is ready to step up his pursuit of Patrick Roberts in a bid to solve his Celtic striker crisis. Rodgers admitted the search for another attacker is his priority, but is not set on an ‘out and out front man’ but admitted that Celitc may “look at a winger who can also play as a striker.” Speaking on Roberts he said: “It’s something we would look at. Pat would be amazing for here. I think everyone could see that. But it all goes down to, one, Manchester City and how they see his future there.” (Various)

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Walker dropped by Hearts

Jamie Walker has been dropped from the squad for the League Cup clash against Dunfermline, however, reports indicate that the Rangers target has been left out purely for footballing reasons and there are no fresh developments over any proposed move to Ibrox. (The Sun)

Besiktas target Celtic centre back

Besiktas are said to be keen on Celtic defender, Erik Sviatchenko. It is understood the Turkish side are keen to bring him to Vodafone Park on loan this summer. Sviatchenko’s lack of first team regular football is said to be motivation with the defender thought to be one of their prime targets. Sviatchenko was linked to a bid from Leicester City during the January transfer window. (Various)

Dundee keen to dominate the Derby

Dundee midfielder Mark O’Hara says they’re out to win Sunday’s derby for injured team-mate Craig Wighton. O’Hara said the side are rallying around their injured team-mate and, if they get the win they’re after, they’ll dedicate it to him. (Evening Telegraph)

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Hibs player leaves by mutual consent

Danny Handling has signed for Championship club Dumbarton after leaving Hibs by mutual consent. The 23-year-old midfielder had a year left on his contract at Easter Road but has opted to move on after it became clear that he would not be part of Neil Lennon’s plans for the upcoming campaign. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Celtic fines rack up

Celtic have been punished by Uefa for the 14th time in the past decade for supporter misconduct, receiving a £20,500 fine for the paramilitary style banner displayed in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against 
Linfield. Celtic have now racked up fines totalling more than £230,000 since 2007. (Scotsman)

Alexander regrets leaving Rangers

Former Rangers goalkeeper Neil Alexander reveals he wishes he had stayed at Ibrox rather than leave the club to join Crystal Palace. He told the Daily Record that he wished he had stayed and became a legend at the club, but other factors impacted him. He said: “I don’t want to stick people in it but promises were made and didn’t come to pass. I was constantly told I would get a two-year deal and only a 12-month offer came. (Daily Record)

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Cathro gets his man

Ian Cathro revealed he’s long been an admirer of Connor Randall after Hearts announced the signing of the Liverpool youngster on a season-long loan deal. Cathro also said that the latest signing wouldn’t be the last for his side. (Edinburgh Evening News)

George Boyd keen to play in front of Rangers crowd

George Boyd has expressed excitement about the prospect of playing Rangers. The Sheffield Wednesday player said “It will be great when Rangers come down with all their fans. We were there the last couple of years with Burnley so we know what the crowd will be like and it’ll feel like a proper game not just a friendly. (Sheffield Star)

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