RONNY Deila wants 13 in a row at Celtic; Leigh Griffiths in frame for Scotland call-up; Derek Johnstone wants Stuart McCall to play Lee McCulloch up front and more in Thursday’s Rumour Mill
Ronny Deila wants 13 in a row at Celtic
Ronny Deila says he wants to emulate Rosenborg in his native Norway and win 13 league titles in a row with Celtic in what would be a period of unprecedented domination in the Scottish game. (Scotsman)
Leigh Griffiths in frame for Scotland call-up
Gordon Strachan has issued a cautious welcome to Leigh Griffiths’ return to scoring form, but has insisted the Celtic striker must prove his worth over a prolonged period to gain a squad place. (Scotsman)
Derek Johnstone: “Move McCulloch up front to boost Rangers promotion hopes”
Rangers boss Stuart McCall was today told he can silence the boo boys AND boost the Ibrox club’s promotion hopes - by moving Lee McCulloch up front.
Gers captain McCulloch was abused by his own supporters after a slip up allowed Falkirk to score in the 2-2 Ibrox draw last weekend.
And Rangers legend Derek Johnstone reckons McCall should field the versatile star in attack during the Premiership play-off matches.
The columnist said: “When the manager put Lee up front late on when things were getting desperate he actually looked good. He had a header that was brilliantly saved by the Falkirk keeper Jamie MacDonald. Maybe that is where he should be playing. (Evening Times)
Ross County’s leading-scorer Liam Boyce wants to extend his stay
Ross County’s leading-scorer Liam Boyce wants to extend his stay with the Staggies beyond this summer.
Boyce has netted eight goals in 29 appearances since joining from Northern Ireland champions Cliftonville last summer, but is out of contract at the end of the season. (P and J)
Celtic striker John Guidetti still on Feyenoord radar
Feyernoord have resurrected their bid to sign John Guidetti after it looked like his wage demands would kill off the move.
The Dutch club have long been admirers of the Swedish international hitman after a successful spell on loan a few years ago where he bagged 20 goals.
However, their interest in the on-loan Celtic striker cooled over reports Guidetti was demanding wages of up to £30,000 to return to Holland.
This week, they secured the services of Colin Kazim-Richards as well as announcing the return of ex-Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt for next season.
Now Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel has insisted the two confirmed moves does not change their determination to land Guidetti. (Evening Times)
Liam Henderson: “I need to score more goals”
Celtic youngster Liam Henderson has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he needs to score more goals to improve his game.
The teenager is currently playing for Norwegian side Rosenborg and wants to add goals to his game, improving on the three he has already netted for his temporary club.
“I don’t score enough goals, to be honest. When I was younger I used to score regularly, but I’m definitely not a natural goalscorer yet,” he said.
“It’s something I must improve on.” (Evening Times)
Manchester City keep eye on Dundee United kid Harry Souttar
Manchester City are keeping tabs on Dundee United kid Harry Souttar.
It’s a case of history repeating itself for the English club who last season watched Souttar’s older brother and clubmate at Tannadice, John.
Now it’s Harry’s turn and a City scout has become a regular at the Tangerines’ U/20 games in recent times.
it’s understood they have been impressed by the 16-year-old’s progress after seeing his displays for United’s development side. (Dundee Telegraph)
Petrofac support offers boost to SPFL clubs
SPFL clubs will rake in a bumper £200,000 next season as Petrofac Training Services again back the Challenge Cup. (Sun)
News in brief:
• Theo Walcott says Arsenal is the ‘best European team of 2015’ (Various)
• Leicester manager Nigel Pearson called reporter Ian Baker an Ostrich during a bizarre post match rant following last night’s game against Chelsea. (See video above)