Rangers linked with Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald; former Manchester United boss David Moyes is odds on to be new manager of Celtic and Aberdeen take non-league striker on trial
Rangers linked with McDonald of Wolves
RANGERS have been linked with Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald, who finds himself struggling to hold down a first-team spot at Molineux.
The ex-Scotland U21 international has been out of the team recently, and local reports suggest Mark Warburton is keen on the former Burnley man.
However, the Gers would need to cough up at least £1 million for McDonald, who has two years left on his contract. (Express & Star)
David Moyes odds on to be new manager of Celtic
DAVID Moyes has been instilled by bookmakers as a 1/3 odds on favourite to succeed Ronny Deila as manager of Celtic.
The possibility of Moyes taking over in the summer has grown in recent weeks after the former Everton and Manchester United boss said he’d be open to taking the role.
Fan speculation has Celtic working behind the scenes to come to an agreement with Moyes to take over for next season. (Various)
Kelleher ‘could step up’
CELTIC’s development team captain Fiacre Kelleher has declared himself ready for first-team action if needed, as the Hoops face a sweat over defensive cover ahead of the matches against Motherwell and Rangers.
Cork-born Kelleher, 20, is a 6ft 4in centre half, and could be called up to the Celtic first team, with Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic, Saidy Janko and Mikael Lustig all either doubtful or certain to miss the Motherwell clash.
Kelleher said: “I think I’m at a stage where I could play for the first team. I’m quietly confident in myself. I think I’m ready for whenever I get called upon.” (Various)
Dons take Smith on trial
ABERDEEN have reportedly taken Folkestone Invicta striker Harry Smith on trial.
The 6ft 5in striker has scored 11 goals in ten games for the non-league outfit, and his form in front of goal has caught the eye of Dons boss Derek McInnes.
Smith had spells with Chelsea and Brentford as a youngster, but a number of clubs in England and Scotland are said to be keeping tabs on the forward. (Various)
Stokes ‘will keep getting better’
HIBS coach John Doolan reckons the best is yet to come from Anthony Stokes, insisting that the on-loan Celtic striker is a ‘big game player’.
Doolan added: “He is going to be a big part of what happens for the rest of the season. He is a massive player, he wants to succeed and that is why he came here as he knows what this club is all about as he has been here before.
“You could see when he first came in he was short, he wasn’t fit, he wasn’t sharp. We’ve got him to a level of fitness now which we think is good enough, but we still feel he could do a bit more.” (The Scotsman)
McKinnon wants Hardie for Raith
RAY McKinnon has admitted he is keen to bring Ryan Hardie back to Stark’s Park next season - if Mark Warburton is happy for the youngster to go out on loan.
McKinnon, who has Raith challenging for a play-off spot, said: “Honestly, I would love for Ryan Hardie to be back here next season. I know Ryan is absolutely loving it here and Mark Warburton is delighted with the way things are going for Ryan.” (CCP)
Virtanen ‘could start for Hibs at Alloa’
HIBS back-up goalie Otso Virtanen could make his first start for Hibs tomorrow against Alloa, with Mark Oxley suspended for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United.
Hibs coach John Doolan said: “I think you have got to try to play your best team available, but it is probably important [Otso] gets some game-time. We’ll probably have a chat with the manager and see what we think.” (Various)
NEWS IN BRIEF
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• Soon-to-be Rangers player Matt Crooks has endeared himself to the Ibrox faithful by tweeting: “You’ll never walk alone, the second most annoying football song after marching on together by Leeds”