Rumour Mill: Rangers fans confront Pedro Caixinha | Rangers boss ‘could face sack’ | Hooper to Hibs link dismissed

Pedro Caixinha saw his side crash out of Europe. Picture: SNS
Pedro Caixinha saw his side crash out of Europe. Picture: SNS
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Angry Rangers fans confronted Pedro Caixinha after the club’s embarrassing European exit, former striker Gordon Dalziel feels the Portuguese coach could be facing the sack, and Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen has rubbished rumours linking Gary Hooper with Hibs.

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Fans confront Caixinha

Pedro Caixinha tried to placate angry Rangers fans in the aftermath of the club’s European exit at the hands of minnows Progres Niederkorn. Supporters remained behind for 90 minutes after the match, chanting “out, out, out” in protest at the 2-0 defeat. The head coach waded into knee high buses to engage the fans in conversation, though his actions weren’t enough for the angry group, who booed the team bus as it left the ground. (Various)

Caixinha ‘could face sack’

Ex-Rangers striker Gordon Dalziel believes Pedro Caixinha could be facing the sack for the club’s Europa League elimination. The radio pundit says he never believed the head coach was the right man for the job and doesn’t think there’s any coming back from this defeat in the eyes of the fans. (Daily Record)

- Caixinha has admitted the defeat in Luxembourg was the worst of his career. (Evening Times)

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Rangers scramble for fixtures

Rangers will have to scramble around in order to fill their pre-season with fixtures after the shock exit from Europe. Expecting to continue playing on the continent, the Ibrox club haven’t scheduled any friendlies for the coming weeks and are now in a race against time to get some match action for their players ahead of the opening league game against Motherwell. (Scottish Sun)

Hooper to Hibs dismissed

A rumour linking ex-Celtic striker Gary Hooper to Hibs has been rubbished by Sheffield Wednesday coach Lee Bullen. Responding to a joke on social media, Bullen said there was more chance of Cristiano Ronaldo joining the Yorkshire club than there was of Hooper teaming up with his old boss Neil Lennon at Easter Road. (Twitter)

Niederkorn coach calls win ‘not possible’

The shock of Tuesday’s result was summed up by Prodgres Niederkorn coach Paolo Amodio who said, in the aftermath of his side’s victory, that it was “not possible”. The part-time club won their first match in European competition thanks to the 2-0 win. (FourFourTwo)

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Paddy Power to pay out

Bookmakers Paddy Power have claimed on social media that they will pay out bets on Celtic winning the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership - before a ball has even been kicked. Paddy Power tweeted their intentions just over an hour after Celtic’s rivals Rangers were eliminated from European football at the first hurdle. (The Scotsman)

Sutton pokes fun at Caixinha

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has poked fun at Pedro Caixinha’s ‘no green boots’ policy in the wake of Rangers’ shocking Europa League exit to Progres Niederkorn. The ex-Celtic star took to Twitter shortly after the 2-0 defeat in Luxembourg. (The Scotsman)

Linfield to face Celtic

Linfield secured a money-spinning Champions League qualifier against Celtic after battling to a goalless draw at La Fiorita to complete a 1-0 aggregate win. The Northern Irish champions successfully defended a slender advantage from the first leg at Windsor Park in Belfast. (Various)

Rodgers tells Armstrong to stay

Brendan Rodgers believes it would be beneficial for Stuart Armstrong’s career if he remained at Celtic for another few years. The Parkhead boss feels the player can still grow and improve in a Celtic jersey, and after getting regular playing time will be ready for the challenges of the English Premier League. (Daily Record)

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No bid for Djoum

Hearts have not received any official bids for midfielder Arnaud Djoum. Reports in Africa suggested a host of European clubs were prepared to try and prise the Cameroonian away from Tynecastle, but no contact has been made from any teams in regard to the transfer of Djoum. (Evening News)

Cummings to keep “Cumdog” under wraps

Former Hibs star Jason Cummings says he won’t be ‘breaking out his wrestling pants just yet’ at new club Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old caused a social media sensation last season when he posted a video where he took on professional wrestler Grado at the Easter Road club’s training centre. (Evening News)

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