Rumour Mill: Sviatchenko set for Celtic switch | Celtic eye Patrick Roberts | Stokes, Thomson to sign for Hibs

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Celtic linked with young Manchester City forward; Stokes will join Hibs on loan and Rangers close to clinching O’Halloran deal

Hoops to sign Sviatchenko

Erik Sviatchenko has been linked with Celtic since June last year. Picture: Getty Images

Erik Sviatchenko has been linked with Celtic since June last year. Picture: Getty Images

CELTIC are set to sign Midtjylland defender Erik Sviatchenko.

The Viborg-born defender, a Danish international, has been linked with Celtic since June last year.

A centre half, Sviatchenko - who holds dual Danish and Ukrainian citizenship - is a former team mate of ex-Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen and former Hibs defender Francis Dickoh. (Various)

Celtic eye Roberts loan

TEENAGE striker Patrick Roberts could be heading North after Celtic were revealed to have opened talks with Manchester City regarding a loan deal for the Under-21 star.

However, they face competition from Bournemouth who are also keen on landing the ex-Fulham star on a temporary basis. (Daily Mail)

Anthony Stokes joins Hibs on loan

ANTHONY Stokes will return to Easter Road after agreeing to join Hibs on loan. A deal has been thrashed out between Celtic and Hibs and the player is expected to complete the move today. (Various)

Smoke bomb at Dundee United-Celtic clash

A SMOKE bomb was let off at the match between Dundee United and Celtic last night, with an ‘orange plume’ being seen amongst the home supporters during the first half.

Celtic supporters were hammered, with three banned and four arrested, after a similar incident at the match against Stranraer in the cup. (Herald Scotland)

Gers could have O’Halloran by next week

MICHAEL O’Halloran could be a Rangers player by next week, amid reports that the Ibrox club are close to agreeing a deal for the ex-Celtic youngster.

Rangers had two bids for O’Halloran turned down but have gone back for the St Johnstone forward and are close to sealing a deal. (Scottish Sun)

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Hull eye £1m Spittal bid

HULL could test Dundee United’s resolve by offering £1 million for midfield ace Blair Spittal.

Formerly with Rangers and Queen’s Park, the 20-year-old scored 12 goals in 41 games for the Spiders at the tender age of 17. (Various)

Kozak ‘could still join Celtic’

LIBOR Kozak could yet exit Aston Villa despite a good performance against Crystal Palace earlier this week.

The Czech striker had been linked with a move to Celtic, and despite playing well against the Eagles in a 1-0 win, Villa boss Remi Garde hasn’t ruled out the 26-year-old leaving Villa Park. (AVFC.co.uk)

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Dundee skipper released, could re-join Hibs

DUNDEE have released captain Kevin Thomson by mutual consent

The midfielder, who has had two spells at Hibs along with stints at Rangers and Middlesbrough, was a key part of the Dundee team after signing at the start of the 2014/15 season, but has struggled with injury.

He is expected to join Hibs for a third spell as a player-coach. (The Scotsman)

Ashley confirms Rangers loan repayment

SPORTS Direct have released securities held over Rangers’ assets, indicating Mike Ashley’s firm have accepted full repayment of the £5 million loan previously given to the Ibrox club.

Rangers had been given the loan under the last boardroom regime in order to keep the club solvent, in return for security over Murray Park, a car park and office buildings. (The Scotsman)

NEWS IN BRIEF

• Released Hearts ‘keeper Scott Gallacher has joined Alloa

• Falkirk have signed East Fife striker Nathan Austin

• New Aberdeen goalkeeper Adam Collin says ex-Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot sold him on a move North

• Chris Erskine will return to Partick Thistle in the summer after agreeing a pre-contract