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John McClelland looks set to return as Rangers chairman. Picture: SNS

John McClelland looks set to return as Rangers chairman. Picture: SNS

Belgium ‘could win World Cup’, John McClelland in Rangers chair return, Celtic Murrayfield clash ‘bad move’, and more.

Belgium warning

Scotland defender Russell Martin has warned that Belgium are good enough to win the World Cup, as the two side prepare to meet tomorrow night.

He said: “If you look at their team, it’s a powerful team. If you are looking at a team of athletes, they are right up there. They are powerful but they’ve got match-­winners in their team as well.” (Scotsman)

McClelland eyes Rangers chair return

John McClelland could be set to return as Rangers chairman as part of a peace deal to end the bitter power struggle at Ibrox.

McClelland was previously chairman between 2002 and 2004, and Paul Murray and bus tycoon Sandy Easdale and accountancy expert Frank Blin could join the board as directors. (Scotsman)

Celtic fears over Murrayfield

Playing at Murrayfield for Champions League qualifiers could be bad for Celtic, according to youth coach Stephen Frail.

Frail feels that playing in Edinburgh would surrender any homefield advantage for Celtic. (Various)

King swoop failed

Hearts were made to sweat over a bid for promising youngster Adam King by Swansea just hours before the transfer deadline.

The troubled Tynecastle club are already running with a threadbare squad based around young talent, and administrators BDO turned down a five-figure sum for the 17-year-old. (Sun)

• Hearts assistant Billy Brown will today fight his case against an SFA charge relating to a row with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. (Daily Record)

United appeal Gunning ban

Dundee United are to try and overturn a three-match ban given to Gavin Gunning for his tackle on Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk.

The Tannadice club believes the punishment was harsh and that similar incidents by Celtic stars Joe Ledley and Scott Brown were allowed to pass. (Various)

 

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