Rumour Mill: Ally McCoist safe for now | John Guidetti

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Ally McCoist receives assurances about his immediate future; Ronny Deila insists he’ll do all he can to keep John Guidetti; Derek Llambias insists Rangers are in safe hands and more in Tuesday’s Rumour Mill

Ally McCoist receives assurances about his immediate future

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been told his job is safe for the forseeable future. Picture: SNS

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been told his job is safe for the forseeable future. Picture: SNS

Ally McCoist has received assurances about his immediate future from the Rangers hierarchy in the wake of Mike Ashley’s move for further say in the running of the club. PLC chairman David Somers and football board chairman Sandy Easdale both spoke with McCoist to tell him to concentrate fully on a hectic schedule of fixtures. McCoist said: “ I received a couple of phone calls from the chairman and Sandy Easdale this morning which was great. The chairman was great. He was kind enough to explain the board’s views and opinions on taking the Mike Ashley offer.” Mr Easdale added: “We have not got any ideas of changing the manager. That’s not on the agenda.” (Various)

Ronny Deila insists he’ll do all he can to keep John Guidetti

Ronny Deila last night admitted he wants to keep John Guidetti and will do all he can to keep him at the club. Deila was delighted to hear the striker speaking on his ambition to secure a quadruple with the Parkhead club. The Celtic manager is now hoping to sign the swede for nothing when his contract with Man City runs out at the end of the season. He said: “I want to keep him as a player, get his contract permanently here, because he has the values I love. He’s humble, he wants to learn, he wants to improve - and he is a winner. You can see that on the pitch.” (Sun)

Derek Llambias insists Rangers are in safe hands

Derek Llambias has reassured Rangers supporters about Mike Ashley’s plans for the club - but the Scottish Football Association is now set to demand answers following his power grab. Former Newcastle managing director Llambias touched down in Glasgow after jetting in from London on Monday night. Llambias is a close ally of Magpies owner Ashley and is now expected to replace Graham Wallace as chief executive following his resignation. Llambias said: “Mike Ashley has got a great track record.” He added: “I’ve been invited up here to have discussions with the board and I’m one of many applicants.” (Various)

John Robertson hits back at Alan Stubbs over Hearts claims

John Robertson has hit back at Alan Stubbs over claims Hearts lacked class after Sunday’s derby draw. Alim Ozturk’s injury time wonder strike sparked raucous scenes of celebration in the away stand at Easter Road and on the Hearts’ bench. But Robertson insists Hibs would have behaved exactly the same way. He said: “ I know Alan is a wee bit upset with what he feels was Hearts showing no class after the game. But you are down to ten men and you have scored in the second minute of injury time with a 40-yard wonder goal to stay top of the league and unbeaten. Are you not supposed to celebrate that? Had the shoe been on the other foot the Hibs fans would have reacted the same way.” (Sun)

News in brief:

Bolton skipper Jay Spearing has insisted that Neil Lennon has put the feel good factor back into the team and say’s the former Celtic manager has them ready to rise up the championship and perhaps push for a play off place. (Sun)

Thomas Rogne has revealed he will leave Wigan in January after an injury plagued tenure and refused to rule out a return to Celtic. (Various)

Dylan McGeough believes Hibs can bounce immediately back from their derby hangover with a win over Dundee United in the cup tomorrow night. (Various)

Kylie McMullan, the Scottish Premiership’s first ever female assistant referee, says the top flight is easy compared to the time she spent running the line during games at Juniors level. (Sun)

Hearts defender Callum Paterson has apologised to his team mates after being sent off during the Edinburgh derby on Sunday. (Record)

Former Rangers player Rino Gattuso is to remain as manager of OFI Crete, reversing the decision to resign on Sunday. (Record)

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