THE Celtic manager leaves Twitter, Dave King is knocked back by the Rangers top brass, and Chris Sutton has advice for Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras, plus all today’s news and fixtures in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Neil Lennon ‘quits Twitter’
CELTIC manager Neil Lennon has apparently left Twitter, with his account on the site now unavailable.
Lennon was a regular member of the social network under the moniker @OfficialNeil, but also suffered regular abuse from other users of the site. To date, six people have been jailed for abusing the Celtic manager online.
Lennon’s official page on Facebook was updated with a number of new welcome messages and videos yesterday. (Record)
Rangers: ‘No plans’ to involve King
GRAHAM Wallace, the CEO at Rangers, has “no plans” to meet with former board member Dave King.
Wallace said: “What we will do as part of the business is develop a structured business plan… (and) we will have conversations with our existing shareholders and indeed other potential investors.
“That may or may not include Dave King. As I say, I haven’t met the gentleman and have no immediate plans to do so.” (Sky Sports)
Dundee United ‘want millions’ for young stars
DUNDEE United chairman Stephen Thompson has revealed that he will not let any of his young stars go for less than seven figures.
Thompson told The Scotsman’s Alan Pattullo: “Every club is a selling club. What we don’t want to do is sell them below market value.
“And getting them on the right contract is important as well. There is no chance any of them will leave for less than a million. In fact, we would be looking for a lot more than that.” (Scotsman)
Samaras and Ledley warned over exit
JOE Ledley and Georgios Samaras should think long and hard before leaving Celtic, according to former Hoops striker Chris Sutton.
Writing in the Record, Sutton said: “I’ve no doubt their agents will have been busy giving them a list of alternatives to mull over as the transfer window prepares to open.
“But the decision they have to make contains a risk factor and there’s always the danger of making a mistake in the final analysis. And the first question is where would those players go that would be bigger than Celtic?” (Record)
Butcher ‘bringing something new’ to Hibs
HIBS stopper Paul Hanlon believes that the personality of new manager Terry Butcher is rubbing off on the squad.
Hanlon said: “First and foremost, he’s working us really hard in training. He wants us to get the ball forward a bit quicker and create more chances – basically, put the other team’s defence under a lot of pressure.
“He’s a big personality, but at times he’s quiet, and will watch training, not say too much. But if you cross him he’ll be right on your case.” (Scotsman)
Full programme in Premiership
CELTIC take on Hearts this lunchtime, and Inverness host Aberdeen in the evening kick-off, as all 12 Premiership sides face action today.
The full fixture list (3pm kick off unless noted):
• Celtic - Hearts (12:15pm)
• Dundee Utd - Ross County
• Hibernian - St Johnstone
• Kilmarnock - Partick Thistle
• Motherwell - St Mirren
• Inverness CT - Aberdeen (5:30pm)