Craig Gordon completes Celtic move; Alan Stubbs eyes loan move for Shane Duffy and Hearts sell 8000 season tickets
Gordon seals Celtic move
CELTIC have completed the signing of former Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old becomes Ronny Deila’s first signing, and the ‘keeper will fly out to Austria to join up with the Celtic squad for pre-season training.
Gordon cost Sunderland a whopping £9 million when he moved from Hearts in 2007, but a series of serious injuries at the Black Cats meant his last competitive game was in April 2012.
The goalie spent time training with Rangers last season, and is back to full fitness. (Daily Record)
Atletico plot Forster raid
MEANWHILE, Ronny Deila knows an £8 million bid from beaten Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid for Fraser Forster would be too good to turn down.
The Spaniards have been keeping tabs on the England international, and are believed to be weighing up a move for the former Newcastle ‘keeper. (Various)
Stubbs plans Duffy deal
ALAN Stubbs is preparing to raid former club Everton for highly-rated Irish defender Shane Duffy.
The 22-year-old has made 10 appearances for the Everton first team, and spent last season on loan with Yeovil in the Championship, and has also had loan spells with Burnley and Scunthorpe.
Stubbs is hopeful of thrashing out a deal for the Republic of Ireland international as he looks to build a title-challenging squad.
The new Hibs boss has also hinted at a move for free agent James McFadden. (Herald/Sun)
Capital clubs reveal season ticket sales
HEARTS have announced that they have shifted more than 8000 season tickets so far - over 2500 more than capital rivals Hibs.
Ann Budge welcomed the news of ‘exceptional’ season ticket sales following the signings of James Keatings, Morgaro Gomis, Soufian El Hassnaoui, Alim Ozturk and Neil Alexander.
Leeann Dempster revealed yesterday that just 5400 season tickets have been sold, with the vast majority bought before the team were relegated.
And although she admitted that sales had ‘all but dried up’, she is hopeful that fans will dig deep in their pockets to help Alan Stubbs build a team capable of promotion. (Various)
Gauld could net United £6m
DUNDEE United could be in line for a windfall of £6 million from Ryan Gauld’s transfer to Sporting Lisbon - if the midfielder is a success in Portugal.
The Tangerines pocketed £2.2 million from the initial deal, and if the 18-year-old can hold down a first-team spot, that figure will rise to £3 million.
And should Gauld impress and move onto a bigger club, the nature of Gauld’s €60 million buyout clause would net United up to £6 million.
The Tannadice club retain a stake in Gauld entitling them to a fair chunk of any future transfer fees - and could earn more if Sporting decide to try and buy out United’s interest. (Evening Telegraph)
Robertson ‘would command hefty fee’
UNITED chief Stephen Thompson has warned West Ham and Hull that they will have to shell out ‘crazy money’ to have any hope of plucking star left back Andy Robertson from Tayside.
Thompson rejected a £1.5 million bid from the Hammers, and Hull look set to offer £1.75m. But the Tannadice chairman said: “We have turned down bids for Andy because they were not acceptable.
“They were nowhere near our valuation and we are not looking to sell anyone else.” (Scottish Sun)