Rumour Mill: Rangers ‘don’t fear’ Celtic cup draw | Fans ‘right to boo Celtic’ | Hearts to wait on Perry Kitchen

Rangers and Celtic met in the League Cup last year. They could clash again in this season's Scottish Cup. Picture: John Devlin
Rangers and Celtic met in the League Cup last year. They could clash again in this season's Scottish Cup. Picture: John Devlin
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Nicky Law insists Rangers will not fear Celtic if the two meet in this season’s Scottish Cup, Hoops captain Scott Brown admits the fans were right to boo the team, and Hearts will have to wait until at least the end of next week to formally sign US international Perry Kitchen.

Rangers ‘won’t fear Celtic tie’ - Nicky Law

Liam Burt in action for Rangers. Picture: SNS

Liam Burt in action for Rangers. Picture: SNS

Rangers midfielder Nicky Law insists the Ibrox side will be ready for Celtic if the two sides are drawn together in the Scottish Cup.

Celtic easily defeated their arch-rivals in last year’s League Cup semi-finals, though the Ladbrokes Championship side were without a permanent manager at the time and were struggling for form in the second tier.

Both halves of the Old Firm have home ties in the quarter-finals this weekend. Rangers host Dundee on Saturday morning, while Celtic entertain Morton. (The Herald)

Celtic fans were right to boo the team - Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown admits the fans were right to boo the team at both half-time and full-time in last night’s 0-0 draw with Dundee.

The league leaders struggled to create much throughout the game and could have lost it near the end despite facing a Dundee side that left many of its key players out of the starting XI.

Brown agrees that the performance was not good enough and understands the frustrations of the supporters. (The Sun)

Neil Lennon to wait on finding out Bolton future

Bolton manager Neil Lennon will be forced to wait on his future as a consortium led by former striker Dean Holdsworth is poised to take over the club.

Bolton sit second bottom of the Championship, seven points from safety, amid severe financial problems.

Lennon knows it’s a possibility Holdsworth will want his own man to come in and take over the team when the deal to purchase the club has been completed. (Daily Record)

Celtic title hopes under threat

Ronny Deila has admitted Celtic will surrender their status as Scottish champions this season unless they improve on the performance levels which saw them drop two more points at home to Dundee last night.

Celtic’s lead at the top of the Premiership was cut to four points with ten games remaining as their title rivals Aberdeen won 1-0 at Dundee United. (Scotsman)

- Derek McInnes has urged his players to go for broke in their last remaining 10 games after they cut the gap against league leaders Celtic to four points.

Celtic form Champions League pact with Legia Warsaw

Dariusz Mioduski, the owner of Poland’s biggest club Legia Warsaw, has formed an alliance with Celtic in a bid to fight off a bid to create a breakaway Champions League.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs held a secret meeting in London on Tuesday to discuss a lucrative pre-season tournament and potential changes to European football. (Mail)

Burt wants to remain at Rangers

Rangers youngster Liam Burt has been linked with a move to Celtic however the player says he has no desire to leave Ibrox.

Burt told a Twitter Q&A session that he only has plans to sign a new contract, rather than move anywhere else.

Perry Kitchen signing boosts Hearts’ bid to overhaul Aberdeen

Hearts will complete the signing of American international Perry Kitchen, though they may have to wait until later this month to secure the deal.

Kitchen has agreed a deal to join the Gorgie Road side, who’ve already secured a work permit for the USA international.

However, Hearts still have a ton of red tape to cut through before the deal can be finalised as they look to keep pressure on Aberdeen in second place. (Scotsman)

Scott McDonald calls for summer football

Motherwell’s Scott McDonald believes those arguing over what type of grass our football is played on are missing the point, and that we should instead be talking about summer football.

The Australian has long been an advocate of real playing surface but in recent times he has been forced to play on some pretty bare offerings following another wild winter. (Evening Times)

Scottish Leagues to kick off on same day

All four senior Scottish Leagues will kick off on August 6 this year, the Scottish Professional Football League has confirmed.

The governing body revealed the 2016-17 Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two campaigns will all begin on the same weekend. (Sky)

Michael Mols surprised Celtic haven’t won treble

Michael Mols admits he is ‘surprised’ Celtic have not made the most of Rangers’ absence from the top flight and clinched a domestic Treble in recent years.

The Dutchman was part of the last squad to win the league title, League Cup and Scottish Cup in the same campaign in 2003 as Rangers recorded their seventh clean sweep. (Evening Times)