Ronny Deila to leave Celtic at end of season, Manchester City interested in Kieran Tierney and St Mirren players support Rangers on social media before Scottish Cup semi.
Ronny Deila to leave Celtic at end of season
Ronny Deila will part company with Celtic at the end of the season, according to reports in Norway.
Norweigan TV2 claim the former Stromsgodset boss will leave the club when his one-year rolling contract runs out at the end of the season.
Manchester city scout Kieran Tierney
Manchester City have joined the list of Premier League clubs tracking Celtic’s Kieran Tierney after scouting the youngster in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.
One of the few Parkhead players to earn pass marks in the penalty shoot-out defeat to arch rivals Rangers, the 18-year-old has already attracted the attention of Liverpool and Southampton. (Mail)
Henrik Larsson under pressure at Helsingborg
Former Celtic striker Henrik Larsson is fighting to save his job as manager of Helsingborg, according to reports.
Larsson’s side have endured a poor start to the season, picking up four points from their first four games. There is pressure on the Swede to improve upon last season’s finish of 8th place in the Allsvenskan.
He was linked with a return to Celtic Park prior to the hiring of Ronny Deila two years ago. (The Sun)
St Mirren consider social media ban
Tony Fitzpatrick, the St Mirren chief executive, has openly criticised two of his players for comments made on social media regarding Sunday’s Old Firm match, claiming the club may look at introducing a Twitter ban on its playing staff as a result. (Herald)
Erik Sviatchenko doubts Rangers’ title credentials
While many onlookers were impressed by Rangers’ high-energy performance, the Ibrox team did not do enough to convince Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko that they are credible title rivals.
“No I don’t think they are,” said the Dane, who was a first-half replacement for Dedryck Boyata and scored Celtic’s first equaliser in the 2-2 draw. “At some stages they played well, at some stages we played well. So it’s difficult to say we don’t know what level they are. (Scotsman)
Rangers pledge to back Mark Warburton
Paul Murray has insisted Mark Warburton will be given the money he needs to go head to head with Celtic next season.
And the Ibrox director believes that winning the Scottish Cup and getting straight back into Europe would be a massive boost to the club’s summer recruitment drive. (Scotsman)
Paul Le Guen: Heat will be on Rangers
Paul Le Guen, who was at Hampden to analyse the game for a French television station, knows expectations will weigh heavily on Warburton’s side as they adjust to life in the top flight again.
“I know exactly what the pressure is like here in Glasgow,” said Le Guen. “The pressure will be there on Rangers even next season. They have been promoted but they are expectedto finish where – first, second… is third enough?
“They will have to cope with that,” he added. “They will do that in their own way. I think that playing so well against Celtic will give a lift to such players. They will believe that they can go far and will take benefits from that.”
Dave King in tears after Rangers’ semi-final triumph
Rangers chairman Dave King admitted he was moved to tears by the Ibrox side’s Hampden triumph over Celtic. The Ibrox boardroom boss confessed he found the emotion of Rangers’ victory in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final too much.
Craig Gordon: Celtic squad wanted so much more from season
He has just played his 100th game for the club, been recalled to the Scotland team and looks set to secure a second league title medal. But Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has admitted he is struggling to take the positives from a season that won’t now end with an appearance in the Scottish Cup final.
Chelsea consider move for Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster has emerged as a summer transfer target for Chelsea.
Despite being out of action for almost a year through injury Forster has been in top form for Southampton and will be understudy to Joe Hart at the European Championships.
No European competition for St Johnstone
There will be no European football for St Johnstone this summer.
But manager Tommy Wright insists there is still plenty to play for and will be going all out to secure fourth place.
Saints required Celtic to win the Scottish Cup to be in with a chance of Europe. But their penalty shoot-out loss to Rangers at the weekend ended all hope for Perth fans. (Record)
St Mirren move closer to fan ownership
The St Mirren Independent Supporters Association (SMISA) has had a joint offer with ex-Saints director Gordon Scott for the majority shareholding in the club accepted in principle by the selling consortium. (Evening Times)
Kilmarnock boss in rallying call to players
Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark has urged his players to treat their five post-split Premiership matches as the biggest of their careers as they look to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off place. (Various)