Michael O’Neill still a target for Celtic despite compensation fee; new Celtic third kit and Rangers home strip leaked and on-loan Hoops player Michael Duffy snubs Rangers guard of honour
O’Neill on Celtic radar
MICHAEL O’Neill is still a leading candidate to take the reins at Celtic despite a hefty compensation fee being required to secure his services.
With Ronny Deila departing Celtic in the summer, the Hoops are planning for the future, with Henrik Larsson, Steve Clarke, Neil Lennon and Roy Keane all mentioned in connection with the soon-to-be vacant position.
O’Neill, currently manager of Northern Ireland, took the home nation to Euro 2016, and signed a new four-year deal in March. Celtic could have to pay nearly £800,000 to make the ex-Hibs midfielder their new boss. (Various)
Celtic legend wants £50k from fans to publish book
CELTIC fans have been left baffled after club legend Paul McStay launched a fundraising bid to publish his autobiography.
McStay, 51, is offering memorabilia to anyone who helps raise the £53,000 he says is needed to make the book a reality.
Fans haev questioned the move but McStay explained: “It will give me an idea of how many people will be interested. I’d love the fans to engage with this so I can get my story out to all those who were there for me throughout my career.” (Scottish Sun)
Mystery as Lawwell seen entering Hoops dressing room
CELTIC fans were left mystified after chief executive Peter Lawwell was seen entering the Hoops dressing room after the 1-1 draw with Ross County on Sunday.
Lawwell - who was the target of banners held up by angry Celtic fans - was seen going into the Celtic dressing room moments after the stalemate at Parkhead.
But outgoing boss Ronny Deila has played down the significance, insisting he has no intention of leaving his post early. (The Scotsman)
Duffy snubs Ibrox guard of honour
ON-LOAN Celtic player Michael Duffy snubbed Alloa’s guard of honour for Rangers, standing with his hands behind his back as his team-mates applauded the Championship winners.
Ex-Derry City star Duffy joined Celtic last year, and is attached to the Hoops’ development squad, but has spent the season on loan at Recreation Park.
Duffy scored Alloa’s goal as the Wasps held the Gers to a 1-1 draw. (Various)
New Old Firm kits leaked?
TWO leaked images purporting to show the new Rangers home kit and three new Celtic kits have been circulated on social media.
The Rangers home shirt is not vastly different to this season’s effort and shows a predominantly blue body with white and red trim.
But the image claiming to be a sneak preview of a new Celtic third kit is shocking pink, and could see the club running out in a strip similar to Palermo, Juventus or of course Scotland. (FootyHeadlines.com)
Motherwell eye League One forward
MOTHERWELL could face competition from Plymouth to snap up highly-rated Fleetwood striker Jamille Matt.
The 25-year-old forward has been on loan at Home Park and has scored four goals in his last five matches.
Fleetwood could offer the Jamaican hitman a new deal, but Argyle are keeping tabs on the situation along with Motherwell. (Various)
Stanley boss hits out at Gers - again
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman hailed Rangers-bound Josh Windass after the midfielder’s double in the 3-0 win over York City pushed the club closer to promotion.
But Windass, along with team-mate Matt Crooks, is set to join Rangers in the summer, and Coleman was fuming after the victory over the already-relegated York.
“It was a fantastic finish from Josh - that’s what he’s got,” said Coleman, before adding: “That’s why we’re going to get very, very underpaid from him at the end of the season.” (Scottish Sun)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• James Tavernier’s goal against Alloa saw the full-back break the record for most goals scored by a Rangers defender in one season, taking the record from John Greig and the late Sandy Jardine
• Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson blasted his team after defeat to Motherwell, insisting that only three players merited pass marks - Perry Kitchen, Neil Alexander and Liam Smith
• Hibs defender Paul Hanlon isn’t giving up hope in the race for second place despite a 0-0 draw at Morton giving the Easter Road side an uphill struggle