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Hibs chairman Rod Petrie (C) with manager Terry Butcher (R) and assistant Maurice Malpas (L). Picture: Neil Hanna

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie (C) with manager Terry Butcher (R) and assistant Maurice Malpas (L). Picture: Neil Hanna

A FORMER Hibs star hits out at the club’s signing policy, Donald Findlay says Rangers are not second-tier material, and a St Mirren star is wanted by three Premier League sides, plus more in Wednesday’s Rumour Mill

Jackie McNamara Sr: Hibs “get what they pay for”

FORMER Hibs star Jackie McNamara has launched a stinging attack on Rod Petrie’s player recruitment tactics at former club Hibernian.

McNamara said: “The club is becoming renowned for being stingy with wages and you get what you pay for. There is no lack of ambition within the supporters, but I believe there definitely is at board level.

“I don’t blame Terry (Butcher) but he is in the firing line now, and he knows it.” (Herald)

Rangers ‘wouldn’t win Championship’, says Findlay

FORMER Rangers vice-chairman Donald Findlay believes the current Ibrox side would not have won this season’s SPFL Championship.

Findlay, a QC and current chairman at Cowdenbeath, said: “No way. Not a cat’s chance in hell.

“The football sometimes isn’t great, but there are a lot of old pros in the Championship who know how to avoid losing matches. On any given day, most of the teams... could have beaten Rangers.” (Herald)

Buddies’ McLean wanted by Premier League trio

STOKE City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean.

The 22-year-old is out of contract this summer meaning the English sides would only have to pay a training compensation fee for McLean, who has scored five goals in all competitions this season.

Rangers and Ipswich have also been linked with the midfielder in recent weeks. (Sun)

Hearts ‘only owed £100k from SPFL’

HEARTS will only be able to draw £100,000 in advance payments from the SPFL, according to the Mail.

The paper reports that the club has already received £690,000 of its £790,000 award for this season, with the club’s administrators reportedly set to ask for the remaining six-figure sum in advance of the end of the season.

The news follows yesterday’s reports of the arrest of former Hearts supremo Vladimir Romanov in Russia. (Mail/Scotsman)

Scottish Cup semi-finals: Rangers ‘not underdogs’ - Daly

RANGERS striker Jon Daly believes that his side are not the underdogs in their Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Dundee United.

Daly said: “I don’t think the lads will see themselves as underdogs and I don’t think United will look at themselves as the favourites.”

“It’s just going to be one of those games where you have two good sides having a go at each other and trying to get to a cup final.

Celtic’s Johansen backs Henderson for big time

STEFAN Johansen has praised teenage midfielder Liam Henderson, saying that the Celtic ace can go on to feature for the team for years to come.

The Norwegian said: “Liam has handled the pressure very well. His head is in the right place and it is not in the sky.

“He is very calm for a 17-year-old... he has the mentality to be a very good player.” (Record)

SPFL videos

SPECTACULAR DOUBLE FROM NIALL MCGINN

Aberdeen striker Niall McGinn is back to his brilliant best after scoring a spectacular double for Aberdeen on Monday night against Hibs.

BRILLIANT GOAL 1 – McGinn collects the ball 20 yards out, spins and then fires an unstoppable shot past Ben Williams into the top right bin! You’ll struggle to find a better goal than this from the past week. Watch here http://spfl.co/mcginnbelter1

BRILLIANT GOAL 2 – The Northern Irishman sends the Red Army wild, collecting the ball on the edge of the box after a deft cut back from Rooney, and smashing it home off the underside of the bar. Watch here http://spfl.co/mcginnbelter2

HILARIOUS OWN GOALS!

We dip into the Scottish football archive to bring you a collection of cringeworthy own goals! This clip features crackers from Paolo Vanoli, Regi Blinker and Lee Wilkie. We also look back at last week’s topic – best debut goals. The YouTube community focussed their chat on Mark de Vries scoring 4 for Hearts in his first Edinburgh derby and Tony Watt coming off the bench to net a fantastic double for Celtic at Motherwell a couple of years back. Watch here http://spfl.co/extra18

ANOTHER WONDERGOAL FROM THE CALEY JAGS

Aaron Doran scores a curling wondergoal form Inverness against local rivals Ross County in the Highland derby. Watch here http://spfl.co/doran

EVERY PREMIERSHIP GOAL

A compilation of every goal that was scored in the Scottish Premiership over the weekend. Which was your favourite? Have a look here http://spfl.co/premgoals

GREAT SKILLS FROM LEIGH GRIFFITHS

Griffiths juggles the ball on the edge of the box at Tannadice before unleashing a dangerous volley on United goalie Rado Cierzniak. Watch here http://spfl.co/griffskills

GRIFFITHS TAKES OUT CAMERAMAN!

Celtic man-of-the-moment Leigh Griffiths is tripped on the touchline and flies into an unsuspecting cameraman. The poor cameraman is launched into the crowd. An alert Dundee United fan saves the day by catching the expensive steady cam! Well done that man! Watch here http://spfl.co/camerafall

• Correction and clarification: An earlier version of this article mistakenly attributed comments made by former Hibernian player Jackie McNamara Sr to Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara.

The comments made by Mr McNamara Sr in no way represent the views of Dundee United manager Mr McNamara or the Club.

We apologise to Dundee United and both individuals for any embarrassment and upset caused by the error. The article has now been updated.

 

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