In today’s Rumour Mill: “McCoist must win league and cup”, says Green; The latest on the Ibrox power struggle; Barry Ferguson wants to be Rangers manager; Celtic look to add more fire power and Hearts administration news.
Green fires first shot in new war of words
Charles Green has fired his first shot in the civil war at Ibrox. The Yorkshireman, speaking to the Sun said that Ally McCoist must win the league and the cup this year.
Green said: “He (McCoist) knows he has to win the league, but in my opinion, has to win the cup as well.
“If he doesn’t do that he has a problem.”
Green also said that if he was still in charge at Rangers he wouldn’t have allowed McCoist to sign the amount of players he has this summer. (The Sun)
Jim McColl backs Paul Murray at Ibrox
On the day that Charles Green made a surprise return to Rangers, another power struggle broke out at Ibrox as it emerged that a general meeting has been called with the aim of ousting three members of the present board.
A general meeting has been called with the aim of ousting three members of the present board, chief executive Craig Mather, finance director Brian Stockbridge and non-executive director Bryan Smart. Two other proposals propose the appointment as directors of Paul Murray - formerly the central figure in the Blue Knights consortium which wanted to take over the club last year - and Frank Blin.
It has been reported that Scottish billionaire businessman Jim McColl, now involved in the ongoing Rangers power struggle, is supporting the moves to appoint ex-Ibrox director Paul Murray and Frank Blin. (Various)
“I want the top job at Rangers”, says Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson, speaking in the Daily Record, tells of his dismay at the situation at his boyhood club Rangers. The former Gers skipper believes the club should be in the hands of true Rangers fans, and the current board at Ibrox have a different set of values to those that he grew up with.
Ferguson also says his dream is to one day manage Rangers after calling time on his playing career. (Daily Record)
Ally McCoist: Why always us?
Ally McCoist finds it hard to understand why his own club were fined £50,000 while Hearts and Dunfermline were given different sanctions.
“I don’t understand it,” he said yesterday. “Am I missing something? Are we the only ones who have been fined £50,000? If that’s the case then it does seem a little bit strange. So maybe we’ll get a cheque back from the SFA for £50,000 in the next couple of weeks. I would echo Craig’s views and look for an explanation. We’ve said all along, all we asked is to be treated fairly and the same as everybody else. (The Scotsman)
Neil Lennon wants two more strikers
Neil Lennon has his eye on two more signings before the transfer window shuts. The Celtic boss has targeted his forward line as the key area in need of improvement.
Lennon said: “We’re working away but probably nothing will materialise until after the game on Wednesday I would imagine.
“We’re looking into bringing in a couple of good quality strikers if we can.”
Celtic have been linked to moves for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle and Tunisian international player Saber Khelifa. (Various)
“Sicknote” Boerrigter ready to go
Celtic’s new boy, Derk Boerrigter, who admitted he’s sick of the injury-prone label that dogged him during his spell at Ajax, has declared he is fit to play in Celtic’s Scottish Premiership opener today against Ross County.
Meanwhile Ross County boss Derek Adams is confident his new signings can cause a shock at Celtic Park in their first game of the season. (Various)
SPFL’s Hearts liquidation plan
The SPFL have drawn up a contingency plan in case Hearts are unable to fulfil their Scottish Premiership fixtures reports the Daily Mail.
Hearts administrators have warned this week that the Tynecastle club will be liquidated unless interested buyers up their offers, and SPFL chairman Ralph Topping admitted that the consequences of that have been discussed. (Daily Mail)
Record breaker Boyd targets SPFL goals
Kris Boyd will forever be the SPL’s greatest scorer thanks to the league reconstruction, but Kilmarnock’s new signing is not living in the past and now has his sights set on doing the same in the new Scottish Premiership. (Various)