Crystal Palace weigh up Scott Brown move; Craig Gordon dismisses Ally McCoist claims as Scepvoic blasts wasteful Hoops and Scotland fans paying up to nine times more than Euro 2016 rivals for tickets
Crystal Palace eye Scott Brown move
CRYSTAL Palace are ready to tempt Celtic skipper Scott Brown to London with a £5 million offer in January.
Neil Warnock is understood to be a big fan of the ex-Hibs midfielder, and has had him watched several times this season.
And the Eagles boss has earmarked Brown as a key cog in Palace’s battle to beat the drop.
However, Ronny Deila will no doubt be reluctant to lose the influential Brown, as Celtic eye progress in the Europa League. (The Sun)
Gordon: ‘I’m done with McCoist’
CELTIC No 1 Craig Gordon has hit out at Ally McCoist after the Rangers boss claimed the ex-Hearts ‘keeper hadn’t called the Ibrox club over a possible deal.
Gordon claimed he wasn’t offered a contract by the Championship side during the summer, only for McCoist to insist that he had the option to sign for the Gers.
But Gordon said: “There’s plenty of things that could come out but won’t. If he wants to say anything more it’s up to him. But I’m done with it.”
The former Sunderland goalie had been training with Rangers prior to signing for Celtic but claimed he wasn’t offered a contract at Rangers. (Sunday Mail)
Macleod ‘may be asked back from Scotland duty’
RANGERS could ask Scotland to release Lewis Macleod from international duty as the Ibrox side seek to catch Hearts in the Championship.
Ally McCoist is keen to have Macleod available for the Gers’ match with Alloa on Saturday - less than 24 hours after the Scots take on the Republic of Ireland.
But McCoist is mulling over asking Gordon Strachan to release the young midfielder from international duty if he is to play no part against Martin O’Neill’s side. (Scotland on Sunday)
Scepovic blasts ‘wasteful’ Hoops
STEFAN Scepovic believes Celtic should have already secured Europa League progress - and blasted the Celtic ‘wasters’ after their 1-1 draw away to Astra Giurgiu hampered their chances of joining Salzburg in the knockout stages.
Scepovic said: “[Astra] was a frustrating finish for us because I thought we controlled the entire game on Thursday.
“But we didn’t win it when we had the chances then lost a goal at the end. It’s a lesson for us in Europe.
“We have to kill theseteams off when we have the chance because if we don’t we might not win the game.”
And Scepovic admitted he was finding it tough adapting to life in Scotland but has promised Celtic fans they were still to see the best of him, adding: “I’m convinced the Celtic fans are about to see the best of me, it’s coming.
“A lot of people are talking about John Guidetti but I think we can play together up front. Why not?” (The Sun)
Tartan Army paying up to nine times more for tickets
SCOTLAND fans are paying up to nine times more for Euro 2016 qualifier tickets than their Group D rivals, it has been revealed.
And supporters from Georgia and Poland can snap up a seat at their match a week on Friday for as little as £4.
The cheapest tickets for Scotland’s match with the Republic of Ireland, which will take place on the same night, are priced at £35, with a number of the £45 tickets remaining unsold.
The Scottish FA have refused to lower ticket prices for Scotland’s match with group minnows Gibraltar, leading to fears of a fan boycott.
There were over 15,000 empty seats when Scotland took on Georgia at Ibrox, and SFA chiefs are asking for £35 plus booking fee for the cheapest Gibraltar tickets. (Sunday Mail)