GEORGIOS Samaras is set to make a decision on his future at Celtic, Cammy Bell wants Rangers to stay together, and Tom Rogic leaves Parkhead on loan, plus the rest of today’s football news in Monday’s Rumour Mill
‘Make your mind up time’ for Samaras
NEIL Lennon is set to demand a decision from striker Georgios Samaras over his future at Celtic.
Samaras, who stayed behind to ponder his future while the club played in the Antalya Cup in Turkey, has been offered a new deal but is reportedly a target for clubs in Spain, Italy and England.
Lennon said: “We’ve given him time, but he’s been a great servant. It’s been a tough few months for him.” (Mail)
Cammy Bell: ‘Keep Rangers side together’
RANGERS goalkeeper Cammy Bell has called for the club’s current team to be kept together - in order to compete in the Championship next year against the likes of Hearts and Dunfermline.
Bell said: “The manager doesn’t want players to leave and it’s the same for us. We want to stay together and build for the future.
“It could be a great league next season with the teams who will potentially be in it.” (Record)
Hearts want transfer embargo lifted
HEARTS will once again attempt to have their transfer embargo lifted at an SPFL board meeting later today.
The embattled club, in administration and 20 points adrift at the foot of the Premiership, will look to the league to allow a ‘one-in, one-out’ policy to prevent their already-thin squad being further weakened.
Hearts are also expected to ask for dispensation to sign free agents, pending the end of a registration ban in February. (Scotsman)
Tom Rogic moves to Japan on loan
CELTIC’s Tom Rogic has joined J-League side Vegalta Sendai on loan as he bids to keep his World Cup dream alive.
The Australian international will be coached by fellow countryman Graham Arnold. Rogic had been warned by his national boss Ange Postecoglou that he risked missing out on the World Cup if he did not start playing regularly.
Rogic has made just 14 appearances for Celtic since signing in 2013. (Guardian)
McNamara: ‘GMS punished for honesty’
GARY Mackay-Steven would have won Dundee United a penalty if he had thrown himself to the floor under an Inverness challenge, according to United boss Jackie McNamara.
McNamara said: “It shows, if anything, we are sometimes not experienced or streetwise enough in certain situations.
“I look at (Thistle’s) penalty, then look at our claim when there is contact. I think if Gaz goes down, it’s a penalty, but he is trying to carry it through and score.” (Mail)
Celtic can go unbeaten, says McCarthy
FORMER South Africa striker Benni McCarthy believes that Celtic can make it through the entire Premiership season unbeaten.
McCarthy, who is being mentored at Celtic as he carries out his coaching training, said: “Celtic are an unbelievable club. The stadium on a match day has the best atmosphere in the world.
“They have what it takes to go the season undefeated. They are a level above everybody.” (Sun)