Dons boss tells Celtic to ‘show some dignity’ over Tonev backing while Guidetti wants a longer stay at Parkhead plus Ally McCoist claims the Rangers board gave the go-ahead for Alloa match despite international call-ups
McInnes blasts Hoops over Tonev
ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes has ensured a tasty encounter at Pittodrie on Sunday by saying he believes Scott Brown and Ronny Deila were wrong to claim Aleksandar Tonev didn’t racially abuse Dons defender Shay Logan - because only the players involved know what really happened
Celtic have already appealed the seven-match ban dished out by Hampden beaks to the on-loan Aston Villa winger, and the Bulgarian FA even got involved earlier this week.
McInnes said: “Players will always defend their team mates but [Scott Brown’s] comments and his manager’s comments to say that they know nothing was said is wrong.
“None of us know but we have tried to respect the process.
“I just want to remind you that Shay is totally innocent in all of this. We are trying to draw a line under it but while there is an appeal that can’t be the case. We are eager to get it finalised and dealt with. We thought it had been dealt with, he was found guilty of an offence.
“We felt Shay was vindicated with that and we support Shay wholeheartedly. Until the verdict, we have kept a dignified silence as requested. That hasn’t always been the case from Celtic.” (The Scotsman)
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Guidetti eyes extended stay
SWEDISH hitman John Guidetti says he’s ready to stay at Celtic - because he’s after glory, not a big pay-day.
The on-loan Manchester City forward has been in sparkling form for the Hoops, and fans are hopeful the 22-year-old can sign a permanent deal.
Guidetti would cost Celtic around £5 million in January, with plenty of clubs believed to be interested.
However, Guidetti told the Daily Record: “Of course I can see myself [at Celtic] next year.
“If it’s the right thing I don’t think money has anything to do with it. As long as you can put food on the table and support your family.
“You want to be financially stable but you are going to be at a club like this.
“When you are talking to your grandkids you want to show them a nice goal on Youtube, not tell them about some contract you signed.” (Daily Record)
Alloa decision was the board’s, reveals McCoist
ALLY McCoist has revealed it was the Rangers board who gave the go-ahead for the match with Alloa over the international weekend.
The Ibrox side could be missing up to six players, but it is thought Ibrox chiefs are keen not to pass on a home clash on a Saturday, despite the break.
McCoist has in the past insisted he was showing opponents respect by opting to postpone matches, but the Gers boss admitted: “It was a board decision. I spoke to the chairman and the board have decided they want the game to go ahead.
“I don’t know if it’s financial, I’ve got no idea. I think they were keen for the supporters on a Saturday as well so that would play a part in it.” (Various)
Lomas enters race for Motherwell post
EX-St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has emerged as a contender for the managerial post at Motherwell, it has been revealed.
The Northern Irishman, who left Perth for what turned out to be a less-than-successful spell at Millwall, has submitted an application for the role, vacated by McCall last week.
Five wins in 22 matches left Lomas reeling at Millwall, and the ex-West Ham player has been out of a job since.
But he told the Record: “I’ve put my CV in and we’ll see where it goes. I’m sure there will be a lot of good candidates who are out of work.
“People like to knock Scottish football but I’ve always been a campaigner for it. There’s a lot of good points about Scottish football despite people going on the negative a lot of the time.” (Daily Record)
Steelmen stun league leaders
MANAGERLESS Motherwell stunned Dundee United last night with a 1-0 win over the Terrors thanks to an Iain Vigurs goal.
Kenny Black - who has yet to reveal if he will go for the top job - and Jonatan Johansson took the team, who leapfrogged St Mirren into 10th position with their first three points since September 13.
And United look set to lose their slender one-point lead at the table’s summit this weekend. Jackie McNamara made six changes to the team that had won against St Mirren, in keeping with his rotation policy.
But Vigurs’ finish in the 51st minute, low past Rado Cierzniak, was enough to give ‘Well a much-needed boost. (The Scotsman)
BT Sport Q&A: McCall | Celtic | Old Firm
CATCH up with our exclusive BT Sport Q&A session from last night’s Motherwell-Dundee United clash, with questions focusing on the departure Stuart McCall, the upcoming Old Firm League Cup clash and whether or not Leigh Griffiths should start for Celtic.
Darrell Currie, ex-Scotland captain Gary McAllister and former Motherwell midfielder Stephen Craigan gave their thoughts before the televised match.
News in brief
• Paul Hartley has urged his Dundee side to stake a claim for a top six place this season
• Partick Thistle has revealed they are keen to up the capacity of Firhill by 450 seats as part of a new development on the south side of the ground
• Hamilton have signed Limerick midfielder Lee-J Lynch. The 22-year-old has spent time with West Brom, Drogheda, Sligo Rovers and St Pat’s Athletic
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