Rumour Mill: Scott Sinclair Celtic move | Celtic pink strip | Dodoo title talk

Scott Sinclair in action for Aston Villa. Picture: SNS

Scott Sinclair in action for Aston Villa. Picture: SNS

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Celtic have been told to increase their bid if they want to land Aston Villa’s Scott Sinclair, Celtic this morning released a pink strip in honour of the Lisbon Lions and Joe Dodoo is confident Rangers can win the title on their return to the top flight.

Aston Villa put £5m price tag on Sinclair

Celtic have been told that they will have to pay £5m to secure the services of Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair.

Rodgers has already failed with offers of £1m, £1.25m and £2.2m to secure Sinclair’s services.

His latest £2.75m offering for the 27 year-old (which included add-ons) was also snubbed by Championship side Villa, who are under no pressure to sell former England U21 star Sinclair. (Express)

Celtic confirm release of ‘pink’ third strip

The new Celtic pink strip has been confirmed

The new Celtic pink strip has been confirmed

Celtic today launched a pink and black third kit which they say is inspired by the pink ticket stubs used when the club won the European Cup in 1967.

A statement from the club read: “(the strip) is sure to capture the imagination of supporters and add to the excitement of a first season under Brendan Rodgers.”

Inspired by the colour of the 1967 European Cup final match ticket, the striking pink and black design honours the remarkable achievement of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ team whose journey to final continues to inspire Celtic supporters young and old.

Kolo Toure completes move to Celtic

Kolo Toure completed his move to Celtic yesterday and declared: “It’s a privilege to be here.”

Toure, 35, joins the ­Parkhead club on a one-year contract in a move that reunites him with his former Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers­. (Scotsman)

- Rodgers remains hopeful that a third summer signing will arrive by Monday afternoon

Dodoo confident Rangers can win league

Joe Dodoo believes he will be part of something special at Ibrox this season and that was the compelling reason for turning his back on the prospect of Champions League football.

The Ghanaian striker was naturally enticed by the possibility of sampling Uefa’s elite competition with Leicester City, the remarkable winners of the Premier League last season. (Scotsman)

McNair a target for Celtic

Celtic could move for Manchester United defender Paddy McNair.

The Parkhead side remain in the market for a centre-back even though they completed the signing of Kolo Toure on a free transfer on Sunday.

Northern Ireland international McNair, 21, could join Brendan Rodgers’ side on loan for the upcoming season. (Various)

Ban on pushing in penalty area would be “welcome”

St Johnstone defender Joe Shaughnessy insists he would welcome a universal crackdown on pulling and pushing inside the penalty area after his side were awarded three spot-kicks in one half against Scottish League Cup opponents Falkirk. (Scotsman)

Hibs defender Danny Handling out till September

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed midfielder Danny Handling could be out of action until September after picking up another knee injury.

The 22-year-old missed the whole of last season after tearing his cruciate ligament during a pre-season match against Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park last summer. (Evening News)

New Hamilton defender to make debut

Hamilton Academical hope to have Greek defender Georgios Sarris in their squad to face Livingston in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday after agreeing terms with the 26-year-old who spent a season in Turkey’s second tier with Kayseri Erciyesspor. (The National)

Messi could face Celtic

Celtic could face Lionel Messi in their friendly against Barcelona this weekend after all because the forward has returned early from holiday despite being given extra time off to recover from Argentina’s Copa America campaign. (Express)

Celtic Park to feature in FIFA 17?

Celtic Park is set to feature in FIFA 17 after leaked images of the Parkhead stadium appeared on social media over the weekend.

Celtic supporters had started a petition in the hope of convincing EA Sports to include the ground. (Various)

IN BRIEF

- Neil Lennon promises new arrivals at Hibs this week

- Norwich City are set to make a £15m bid for Fulham’s Scotland striker Ross McCormack

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