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Rumour Mill: Stokes deal | Hearts sale closer | McCoist wants Alexander talks

Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring against Dundee United. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA

Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring against Dundee United. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA

ANTHONY Stokes looks set to be offered a new deal at Celtic, Sergejus Fedotovas admits the Tynecastle club could be sold off before the season’s end and Ally McCoist is keen to hold talks with goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

Anthony Stokes in line for new Celtic deal

NEIL Lennon is ready to offer Anthony Stokes a new deal, just weeks after warning the Irishman that he was on thin ice at Parkhead.

Stokes was disciplined by the club for his behaviour during his recovery from an ankle injury earlier in the season but scored a brace in the 6-2 victory over Dundee United yesterday.

The Parkhead side have the option to extend the former Hibs striker’s deal by a year, and with three goals since his return from injury, a new deal looks set to be offered in the coming weeks. (Various)

Hearts could be sold before end of season

Director Sergejus Fedotovas has revealed that Hearts could be sold off before the end of the current SPL season. The collapse of Vladimir Romanov’s Lithuanian bank, Ukio Bankas, has sparked fears that the club could be drawn into further financial difficulties.

Fedotovas said: “There are a number of interested parties and discussions are ongoing. Nothing will happen today or tomorrow, most will be looking towards the end of the season.”

The Tynecastle club have been in talks with a fans’ consortium fronted by Supporters Direct chief Paul Goodwin, with Fedotovas adding: “We are determined to ensure we get the best solution. We need to keep the club going in the right direction and bring enjoyment to the fans.” (Sunday Mail)

McCoist keen on Alexander contract talks

Ally McCoist has said that he is prioritising competition for places at Rangers, as goalkeeper Neil Alexander looks set to turn down a new deal after being asked to take a 50 per cent cut in wages.

McCoist has lined up Kilmarnock stopper Cammy Bell as a potential replacement for Alexander, but the Rangers manager is still hopeful that the 34-year-old goalkeeper will extend his stay at Ibrox, adding that he hoped to have two ‘keepers battling for the number one shirt next season. (Sunday Express)

Matt Done admits Hibs penalty was harsh on St Mirren

Hibs winger Matt Done has revealed that the penalty awarded to Hibs yesterday in their 1-0 win over St Mirren was harsh, but insisted there had been contact between St Mirren’s Jim Goodwin and himself.

The Paisley side were furious with Willie Collum’s decision to award the Easter Road side a spot kick with less than 20 minutes left to play. Striker Leigh Griffiths took his personal tally against St Mirren this season to five, and 17 for the season by coverting the penalty, after hitting the upright in the first half. (Various)

Niall McGinn keen to end up top scorer

Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn took his goal tally to 16 on Friday in the Dons’ 1-0 win over Dundee, and has fired a warning to his fellow SPL marksmen that he aims to finish ahead of them all at the end of the season.

Leigh Griffiths, Billy McKay of Inverness and Motherwell’s Michael Higdon have all notched 17 goals, but the former Celtic winger is adamant he can outdo the trio. (Sunday Mail)

 

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