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Kris Commons. Picture: John Devlin

Kris Commons. Picture: John Devlin

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SCOTT BROWN tells Celtic team-mates that they owe manager Ronny Deila a good performance against Ajax; Rangers target Josh Windass, son of former Aberdeen star Dean; Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith turns up at the wrong groun for a match, plus all the rest of today’s football news and gossip

Scott Brown: Players owe Deila

Celtic captain Scott Brown says they owe their manager a big performance to atone for the back-to-back defeats by Molde in the Europa League.

“Ajax is a huge game for us,” Brown said. “It’s make or break. If we don’t win we don’t go through, simple as that and we’ll only have ourselves to blame, [the players] that are on the park.” (Scotland on Sunday)

Young Rangers players need to show they are men – Wallace


Rangers captain Lee Wallace has urged his young team-mates to step up as Hibernian moved level on points at the top of the table yesterday,

“We need to quickly make the new guys aware that every game is a cup final for the opposition, even if it’s just another game for us,” said Wallace. (Mail on Sunday)

Kris Commons a fitness doubt for Ajax

Kriss Commons faces being forced to withdraw from Celtic’s crucial Europa League tie against Ajax after suffering a hamstring pull prior to Celtic’s goalless draw with Kilmarnock yesterday.

There is a possibility Kris will be back for the [Ajax] game,” said Ronny Deila. “He had an illness but also a feeling in his hamstring so we will have to see.” (Sunday Post)

Rangers lead chase for Windass

Accrington Stanley attacking midfielder Josh Windass – the son of former Aberdeen and Hull City player Dean – is a target for Rangers. The 21-year-old Championship player will be a free agent in the summer, but Rangers may offer around £250,000 to secure his services in January. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)

Dozy Brechin goalkeeper turns up to wrong ground

Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith committed the howler of his career yesterday – by turning up to the wrong ground for a match against Stenhousemuir. Smith managed to make it to Glebe Park in time for kick-off, but it was a close-run thing.

“I couldn’t believe it when [my wife] said ti was at the Glebe!” he said. ({http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/brechin-goalie-graeme-smith-turns-up-at-wrong-ground-1-3955005|Scotland on Sunday|Link to article})

Graeme Souness in hospital

Former Scotland captain and Rangers manager Graeme Souness was taken into hospital on Friday. The 62-year-old, who won the European Cup three times with Liverpool, is receiving treatment in a hospital in Bournemouth, close to his home in Poole, Dorset. No details of Souness’ condition were immediately available. (Scotland on Sunday)

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