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The Rumour Mill: Thursday’s Scottish football news and gossip

Beram Kayal is waiting for Norwich to make the next move. Picture: SNS

Beram Kayal is waiting for Norwich to make the next move. Picture: SNS

In today’s Rumour Mill: Norwich chase Celtic pair; Barry Smith unfazed by fans calling for his head; Inverness look to Devine to bolster defence plus the rest of the day’s Scottish football news and gossip.

Norwich target Kayal, Hooper in bid to strengthen team

Norwich City are reportedly weighing up a £5 million offer for Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal. Manager Chris Hughton was at Parkhead yesterday to take in Celtic’s narrow 1-0 win over Motherwell and despite chasing a striker following injuries to Steve Morison and Grant Holt, was said to be watching Kayal in yesterday’s win. The Israeli international started for the Parkhead side, being replaced after 71 minutes.

Neil Lennon has already admitted he is reluctant to lose any of his players as he seeks to strengthen his side for the second half of the SPL season but the lure of the English Premier League may tempt Kayal away from Glasgow.

Some reports are also suggesting that Hughton was watching Gary Hooper, who scored the winner 11 minutes from time, and is currently leading the way ahead of Stoke and Sunderland to sign the former Scunthorpe striker. Hooper is reportedly keen on a move to the English Premier League, and has only 18 months left on his contract - and Hughton is on the lookout for a striker after he lost Steve Morison and Grant Holt to injury.

Barry Smith laughs off fans calling for his removal

Dundee manager Barry Smith has played down supporters calling for his head insisting: “I know what I’m doing.”

Fans protested during the club’s defeat to St Johnstone this week, leaving them nine points adrift at the foot of the SPL table. Supporters held up banners reading ‘Smith must go’ but the former Dee player was defiant as he pointed out: “I got stick as a player at Dundee and I came through it stronger.

“I’ll get stick as a manager and I’ll come through it stronger again.”

Smith suffered a further blow in his attempts to haul Dundee off the foot of the table as Stephen O’Donnell picked up an injury. The midfielder had only returned from a previous injury setback three games ago, but looks to be out for a further period of time.

Inverness near signing of Fleetwood defender Danny Devine

Inverness look set to snap up their first January signing with the acquisition of Fleetwood defender Danny Devine. The stopper had spent the first part of this season on loan at Wrexham, but is keen to swap the Highbury Stadium for the Caledonian Stadium in order to get a crack at the SPL. The Northern Ireland U-21 international admitted that his future lay elsewhere after his loan spell at the Racecourse Ground with the Welsh club.

Kelvin Wilson fails in appeal over two-match ban for alleged violent conduct

Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson has been banned for two matches at an SFA tribunal. Scottish football’s governing body found the Englishman guilty on a charge of violent conduct, relating to an incident with Dundee’s John Baird - in which Wilson was found to have used an elbow - in the game between the two sides on Boxing Day.

Scottish football news in brief

• Colin Nish has extended his Dundee loan deal, and the former Hibs striker looks to have played his last game for Hartlepool

• Craig Brown could be poised to tie up some players on pre-contracts in January. The Dons boss today revealed he is ready to delve into the transfer market this month in order to strengthen his team

 

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