Brendan Rodgers keen to make Steven Gerrard player-assistant at Celtic; Efe Ambrose a target for Fenerbahce and SFA promise probe into Scottish Cup final chaos
Rodgers eye Gerrard swoop
BRENDAN Rodgers is reportedly eyeing an audacious bid to bring Steven Gerrard to Celtic as player-assistant manager.
The former Liverpool boss was unveiled as Celtic boss on a 12-month rolling contract last week, while Gerrard is currently attached to LA Galaxy in MLS.
However, Gerrard could be tempted by the prospect of a coaching role under his old boss. (The Sun)
Davies set to join Celtic
MEANWHILE, Brendan Rodgers is set to bring coach Chris Davies to Celtic as he looks to shape his squad and backroom staff as soon as possible,
Davies is currently first team coach at Reading, but worked with the Northern Irishman at Swansea and then at Liverpool.
Stevie Wood and John Kennedy are expected to stay on at Celtic despite the departures of Ronny Deila and John Collins. (Sunday Mail)
Ambrose wanted by Turkish giants
CELTIC defender Efe Ambrose has emerged as a target for Turkish Super Lig outfit Fenerbahce.
It is widely expected that Brendan Rodgers will look to trim his squad and Ambrose could be one of the first to leave Parkhead, despite having 12 months left on his contract.
Stefan Johansen, Emilio Izaguirre, Nadir Ciftci and Stefan Scepovic are also expected to leave, with Johansen reportedly keen on a switch to Germany. (Sunday Post)
Probe into Cup Final chaos
SFA chief Stewart Regan has vowed to launch a probe into the ugly scenes that marred the end of yesterday’s Scottish Cup final.
Several Rangers players and staff, including Lee Wallace, Andy Halliday and assistant boss David Weir were reportedly attacked by Hibs fans, while there were scuffles on the pitch between rival supporters.
Mounted police were brought onto the park to restore order, while a lap of honour was scrapped and Rangers refused to return to collect their medals. (Scotland on Sunday)
Rangers directors ‘antics’ led to Rodgers appointment
CELTIC’s appointment of Brendan Rodgers came about after the ‘antics’ of Rangers directors at the Scottish Cup semi-final win over the Hoops inspired Dermot Desmond to eye a box office move.
Desmond was reportedly furious that his Rangers counterparts behaved as though ‘they were in the Rangers end’, according to one source, and was determined to target a ‘Martin O’Neill-style’ appointment.
And the offer of a £2 million base salary and a transfer budget on a par with an English Championship side is thought to have convinced Rodgers to take the Celtic job. (Scotland on Sunday)
Stubbs to auction medal for charity
ALAN Stubbs last night vowed to auction his Scottish Cup medal for charity.
The Hibs head coach, who won the Scottish Cup as a player with Celtic, said: “My medal will be getting donated and I will auction it off to the highest bidder and it will go to a good cause. I got a letter off a lady who lost a baby in childbirth and she’s trying to raise money for machines so that will be one of them. I’ll maybe limit it to three charities and the money will be split between them.” (Scotland on Sunday)
Sibbald reveals alopecia fight
FALKIRK star Craig Sibbald has revealed the reason for his shaven head in the Bairns’ 1-0 win over Kilmarnock in the first leg of the Scottish Premiership play-off final.
The midfielder is battling alopecia, which he admits has dented his confidence, and felt that by shaving his head he could fight back against the condition.
Sibbald added: “This is the best way to deal with it. When you tell people what’s caused it they’re quite sympathetic. My hair was getting so thin, just falling out all the time – so I just shaved it off.” (Sunday Mail)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Long-serving defender Lewis Stevenson has become the first Hibs player in history to win both the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup
• Joey Barton congratulated Alan Stubbs and Hibernian on their Scottish Cup win yesterday, hinting that he could turn down a move to Rangers
• Hibs will be the only club outwith their country’s top flight to compete in the Europa League next season
• David Moyes, who had been linked with the Celtic job, is the prime candidate for the Aston Villa job
• Ex-Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has been installed as Sunderland’s new CEO