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The Rumour Mill: Friday’s football news and gossip

Maurice Edu could be the next high-profile player to leave Rangers. Picture: SNS

Maurice Edu could be the next high-profile player to leave Rangers. Picture: SNS

In today’s Rumour Mill: Maurice Edu could be next to leave newco Rangers; Celtic could move for French international; Well deal for Faddy unlikely; plus the rest of the day’s football news and gossip.

Rangers newco latest

• Maurice Edu has dropped a hint that he could be the next senior Rangers player to walk away from the club. The American midfielder said: “I’m no different than anyone else. You want to go as far as you can in this game and see how far you can go. It’s a short career you know?” (Record)

• Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray last night called for an end to the “vicious blood lust” he claims could destroy their efforts to restore the club to full health. “The consortium is not the villain of the piece, nor is Charles Green. They are the only people who stepped up to buy the club,” he said. (Scotsman)

Only 13 players committed themselves to newco Rangers yesterday when pre-season training began at Murray Park. (Scotsman)

• Reports yesterday suggested that plans are being put in place that would see Rangers relegated from the SPL to the First Division with immediate effect. (Various)

• The SFL say the decision to accept Rangers into the First Division could require the backing of 16 of their 30 members, not 22 as previously believed. (Various)

• But Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has indicated his opposition to a deal being struck between the SPL and the SFL that would allow newco Rangers to play in the First Division. (Scotsman)

• Morton chairman Douglas Rae believes Third Division football is the best-case scenario for newco Rangers, but has predicted that they will face opposition to their presence from clubs in the lower tier of the SFL. (Scotsman)

Celtic pursue Bordeaux defender

Celtic have been linked with a move for Bordeaux’s French international defender Michael Ciani, 28, for a bargain £1million. The club’s president yesterday confirmed the interest which was reported in the French media for the player, who was linked with a £10million move to Arsenal just 18 months ago. (Record)

• Celtic have identified Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who is out of contract with PSV Eindhoven and available for free. (Express)

McGlynn out to stop Celtic title romp

New Hearts manager John McGlynn hopes to lead the way in ensuring the SPL title race does not turn into a procession for Celtic next season following the demise of Rangers. “I hear talk of the league title race being finished in November next season,” said McGlynn. “That would be sad. It’s definitely up to us to make sure that’s not the case.” (Scotsman)

McFadden deal unlikely - McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits there is “very little” chance of agreeing a short-term deal with James McFadden amid the financial uncertainty surrounding the Scottish game. The Scotland forward, who was released by Everton, joined his former-team mates on the first day of pre-season in a bid to get fit for the new campaign. McCall said: “We’re allowing James to train which is good but there is very little chance of him joining us. Unless he wants to play centre-half and play for nothing!” (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Hibernian midfielder Martin Scott has returned to newly-promoted Ross County on loan for the coming season. (Scotsman)

• Inverness have agreed deals with former Real Madrid keeper Antonio Reguero, teenage striker Jason Oswell and right-back David Raven. (Express)

• Alloa have signed attacking midfielder Blair Munn from Falkirk. (Record)

• Clyde have signed former Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan MacBeth on a two-year deal. (Record)

• Raith Rovers have won the race to sign Hamilton winger Grant Anderson. (Record)

 

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