Rumour Mill: King to meet Caixinha | Chelsea want Rangers kid | ‘brilliant’ Bobby Madden

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Rangers chairman Dave King will fly into Glasgow next week to meet with new boss Pedro Caixinha, Ibrox wonderkid Billy Gilmour could be on his way to Chelsea, and ex-referee Dermot Gallagher has praised the performance of “brilliant” Bobby Madden in the Old Firm derby.

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Dave King had no input in the decision to hire Pedro Caixinha. Picture: John Devlin

Dave King had no input in the decision to hire Pedro Caixinha. Picture: John Devlin

King to meet Caixinha

Dave King will fly into Scotland next week to meet new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha for the first time. The Ibrox chairman will discuss transfer strategy and budgets with the Portuguese coach as the two look to plan for next season. It’s the first time King will have had contact with his new manager, as the South African-based businessman was not involved in the recruitment process. (Scottish Sun)

- Stewart Robertson says it’s not a big deal that King wasn’t involved in the decision to hire Caixinha. The managing director at Ibrox headed up a team of three tasked with finding the successor to Mark Warburton. (Daily Record)

Chelsea want Gilmour

Chelsea are hopeful of winning the battle to bring Billy Gilmour to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The English Premier League leaders are looking to snap up the 15-year-old wonderkid, who will sign his first professional contract when he turns 16 later in the year. (Daily Mirror)

Gallagher hails Madden

Former English Premiership referee Dermot Gallagher has praised the display of ‘brilliant’ Bobby Madden in the whistler’s Old Firm debut, and insists the man in the middle was right not to award Celtic a late penalty for a foul on Leigh Griffiths. (Scottish Sun)

Ferguson wants Rangers role

Barry Ferguson has said he’d be interested in becoming a member of Pedro Caixinha’s coaching staff at Ibrox. The new Rangers boss stated his intention yesterday to hire a “local” coach to help him get a better understanding of Scottish football and future opponents. (BBC)

Rangers celebrations ‘a compliment’

Celtic coach John Kennedy says the club take it as a compliment that Rangers’ players and fans were so happy to leave with a point from Sunday’s match. Kennedy said the match will act as a wake-up call for Celtic’s players ahead of next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final. (Daily Record)

Hughes doubtful for Dons

Aaron Hughes remains doubtful for Hearts’ crucial league trip to Aberdeen on Saturday due to an ongoing calf problem. The defender’s recovery is expected to take another week to ten days. He has missed the past three matches against Partick Thistle, Ross County and Hamilton, although coaching staff were hopeful he might be fit for the trip to Pittodrie. (Evening News)

Clark at “wrong club”

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is adamant goalkeeper Zander Clark would have been called up to the Scotland squad if he played for a bigger club. The youngster failed to make it into the 30-man squad despite his terrific form since breaking into the Saints first-team squad this season. (Daily Record)

Valakari interviewed for Motherwell post

Former Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari is firmly in the running to become the new manager at Fir Park after the Finn was interviewed for the vacant job on Monday. Valakari spent four seasons with the club in the 1990s and has enjoyed some success as a manager, leading SJK to the Finnish title in 2015. (Scottish Sun)

United still fighting

Ray McKinnon insists his Dundee United side have not yet given up hopes of catching leaders Hibs in the Championship title race. Hibs defeated the Tangerines on Friday night to move ten points clear of their promotion rivals, who dropped down to fourth following results on Saturday. McKinnon insists his players are still focused on the goal of achieving automatic promotion and will try to win every match in order to make it happen. (Evening Telegraph)

Scotland can’t ignore Walker for long

Jamie Walker’s Scotland call-up is only a matter of time because national coach Gordon Strachan cannot ignore the Hearts winger for much longer, according to his former Riccarton mentor Darren Murray. He has amassed 15 goals in 30 domestic games for Hearts so far this season and had been touted for a maiden Scotland cap. (Evening News)