THE fallout from the Rangers squad’s refusal to take a pay cut continues, Neil Lennon wants to add to his Celtic squad, and Ryan Stevenson could move to Romania, plus more news and video in Friday’s Rumour Mill.
‘Rangers won’t go under’ says Wallace
RANGERS CEO Graham Wallace has claimed that the club does not face an imminent cash crisis, despite admitting that he was the man behind calls for a players’ pay cut.
In an interview with the Record, Wallace said: “All I am trying to do is look at options in order to move this club towards sustainability. This is not about a need for any immediate drastic action.”
He added: “There is no threat of Administration II. Categorically, there is no threat of Administration II.” (Record)
Rangers players want cut in directors’ pay
THE first-team squad at Rangers will refuse to consider a pay cut until the board’s salaries are reduced, it has been claimed.
A board proposal to cut the wage bill by 15% was rejected by the dressing room yesterday, and the Mail claim that there are now calls from within the squad for pay cuts at executive level.
There was some good financial news for Rangers yesterday - the club will receive £300,000 as the newco’s share of Nikica Jelavic’s sell-on fee. (Mail)
• STENHOUSEMUIR’S Stephen Gemmell could face sanction over his Twitter attack on Ally McCoist, after the SFA asked him for a formal explanation for the outburst in which he dubbed McCoist a “p***k”. (Herald)
Lennon wants two more Celtic signings
CELTIC manager Neil Lennon want to make two more additions to his squad before the end of the January transfer window.
Lennon said: “We’re looking to bring another couple in if we can. We’ll try and bring in a striker and another attacking midfielder type.
“I’m looking for players to make us better and take us on for the second half of the season and next season’s Champions League qualifiers.” (Express)
Cluj move in on Hearts’ Stevenson
ROMANIAN cracks CFR Cluj are keen to tie up a deal for Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson.
Hearts have already rejected one bid from the Romanians, but The Sun claim Cluj have made an improved offer for the Tynecastle ace.
St Mirren are among other clubs who have been linked with the 29-year-old. (Sun)
• IAN Murray, the MP at the head of the Foundation of Hearts bid to save the club, has called for fans to focus on their task and ignore internal troubles. (Scotsman)
Doolan wonder goal is December’s best
KRIS Doolan’s brilliant individual goal for Partick Thistle against Hibs has been named as the SPFL Goal of the Month for December following an online vote.
37% of those polled picked Doolan’s goal, with the Thistle striker breaking from the half-way line, outpacing one defender and beating another before lobbing the ball into the net.
Watch Doolan’s strike here. (SPFL YouTube)
Michael Moffat ‘hammered’ by SFA on betting
THE six-match ban given to Ayr’s Michael Moffat for betting is unfair given the punishment meted out to Rangers’ Ian Black for backing against his own team, according to Ayr chairman Lachlan Cameron.
Cameron said: “Taking the Black case into consideration, what’s the more serious offence? Just because Ian Black got off lightly, they’re now laying the hammer down on Michael Moffat.”
Moffat was given a six-game immediate ban; Black was given a three-match suspension with a further seven suspended, and a fine. (Herald)
This weekend we had two contenders for Goal of the Month, if not Goal of the Season. Willo Flood’s strike from 25 yards against Hibernian for Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Friday night and Stevie May’s lovely curling effort against St Mirren on Saturday at McDiarmid Park.
Both bizarre incidents come from recent Inverness CT home matches. The first occurred in their match against Celtic a few weeks ago, when Ross Draper took out the referee in his pursuit of the ball. The second incident was in yesterday’s match against Dundee United, when Inverness’ goalkeeper Dean Brill nearly concedes a comical own goal.
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