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Gary Hooper is being targeted by QPR. Picure: Getty
Gary Hooper is being targeted by QPR. Picure: Getty
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Hull City out of Gary Hooper race, Arnold Peralta vows to put Rangers on top, Hibs fail in Lyle Taylor bid, and more.

Ex-Hearts boss slams Vladimir Romanov

Hearts were a nightmare under Vladimir Romanov, according to former manager Jim Jeffries.

The current Dunfermline boss was in charge of Hearts twice under Romanov’s watch, and said the huge wage bill were key to the club’s downfall. (Scotsman)

Hull out of race for Gary Hooper

Hull City have pulled out of the race to sign Celtic star Gary Hooper, leaving Norwich and QPR as the frontrunner.

Their previous £4.5m offer was turned down and boss Steve Bruce said they would not make another. (Various)

Ally McCoist backs Walter Smith

Ally McCoist says he isn’t nervous with all the boardroom changes at Rangers, as long as Walter Smith is the chairman.

With a great deal of boardroom infighting making the headlines recently, McCoist says the level of confidence in Smith keeps everyone at ease. (Various)

Peralta in Rangers vow

New Rangers signing Arnold Peralta has vowed to help the club rise to the top flight and wrestle the title from Celtic.

The Hondouras midfielder says he isn’t bothered by the fact that Rangers currently play in the second division. (Daily Record)

Falkirk snub Lyle Taylor bid

Hibs have failed a second time to land Falkirk’s Lyle Taylor.

Hibs had offered £150,000 for the striker, but Falkirk want £200,000 for the 23-year-old. (Daily Express)

Easton backs Rene Howe impact

Craig Easton says Jermaine Rene Howe has what it takes to fill the gap left by Leigh Griffiths at Hibs if he strikes a deal at Easter Road.

Rumours have been rife that Rene Howe was in talks with Hibs after he arrived in Edinburgh yesterday. (Various)