In today’s Rumour Mill: Rangers bidder wants a ‘cold beer’ with Ally McCoist; Celtic chief executive aims for European glory; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.
It’s Miller time?
Bill Miller has said his first priority if he is granted preferred bidder status in the Rangers takeover process this week would be to meet with manager Ally McCoist. The American said: “We would immediately sit down over a cold beer to celebrate and discuss our future plans for the Rangers.” (Mail)
• Carlos Bocanegra claims Rangers have the same global appeal as English clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool. The American defender insists the Ibrox club are too big to be liquidated as he offered a cautious welcome to the interest of countryman Bill Miller. (Record)
Sone Aluko claims he has no regrets about his move to Rangers despite the turmoil that has engulfed the stricken club in recent weeks. On his Ibrox future, the winger said: “We will see at the end of the season. I wouldn’t like to say yes or no or whatever because we can’t tell the future. When it comes to that point, I’ll sit down and talk to them and decide my next step.” (Scotsman)
Celtic’s euro vision
Celtic chief executive Peter Lawell has called on title-winning manager Neil Lennon to take the club back into the Champions League. Lawell said that that was “everyone’s objective” and he added: “Hopefully, we will get out of the window stronger than we go into it.” (Sun)
• Celtic chief executive Lawwell also said that Rangers losing ten points for going into administration is “irrelevant” to the Parkhead club’s title win. “We are worthy champions – we thoroughly deserve it, there is no question we are the best team in Scotland,” Lawwell said. (Scotsman)
• Neil Lennon does not intend to leave Celtic this summer despite the manager admitting that off-the-field incidents have taken their toll on his personal life in Glasgow. (Herald)
• Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has said he could see himself staying at the club for the rest of his career. The Welshman said: “I’ve got another two years on my contract after this season, so I’ve still got a long time to go yet. But you never know what can happen in football and I could end up being here for life.” (Sun)
• Celtic defender Thomas Rogne is keen to sign a new contract after becoming a first-team regular. (Various)
• Wisla Krakow have expressed an interest in signing their former striker, Pawel Brozek, who has failed to make the breakthrough with Celtic while on loan from Trabzonspor. (Record)
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