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Rumour Mill: Raoul Loe | Everton/Dundee | Alex Salmond

Raoul Loe in action. Picture: Getty

Raoul Loe in action. Picture: Getty

Celtic tipped to bid for Raoul Loe before World Cup, Dundee in talks with Everton over academy link up and Salmond helps Hearts.

Raoul Loe Celtic speculation mounts

Celtic are considering a £2m bid for Osasuna’s Raoul Loe due to fears that his value could rocket if he has a successful World Cup, reports the Express.

However the Sun says the Parkhead club have dismissed reports that they are set to move for the Spain-based defensive midfielder .

Dundee and Everton in talks over link up

The Dens Park club are holding talks with Everton about a link up that could see them become Everton’s Scottish feeder club.

The move would see the Dundee side take player’s from Everton’s new youth academy with the Premiership side also keen to take in and nurture young players. (Sun)

Salmond comes to Hearts’ aid

First Minister of Scotland, and devout Hearts fan, has contacted the Lithuanian ambassador to the UK in a bid to help the club complete their move out of administration.

Hearts administrator Bryan Jackson is still awaiting a return invite to the Baltic state to hold further talks.

The Tynecastle club have agreed the transfer of former owner’s Vladimir Romanov’s share in the club but are still negotiating a security over the stadium. (Scotsman)

Kris Commons a shoo-in for Players’ award

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes says team mate Kris Commons is the front runner for the Players’ Player of the Year Award following last season where none of the Parkhead club’s players made it onto the shortlist.

Forster also believes keeper Fraser Forster and defender Virgil Van Dijk are also in with a shout. (Scotsman)

• Stokes also said that he believes Scottish football as a whole would benefit from Rangers’ return to the top tier of Scottish football.

Lambert has two assistants suspended

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert have suspended two of his backroom staff for “disciplinary”.

Assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa are now subject to an internal investigation. (Scotsman)

Celtic set for Champions League seeding

Neil Lennon’s side will almost certainly be seeded in all three Champions League qualifiers next season.

Celtic will have to negotiate the second and third qualifying rounds as well as a play-off. (Scotsman)

Tony Watt ‘to blame’for own predicament

Lierse’s technical director Tomasz Radzinski says on loan Celtic star has no one to blame but himself after criticism of club manager Stanley Menzo has left him languishing in the reserves. (Scotsman)

McNamara cup final ban would be “ridiculous”

Dundee United coach Darren Jackson says it would be “ridiculous” is boss Jackie McNamara is banned from the dugout for the upcoming Scottish Cup final against St Johnstone.

McNamara is awaiting the outcome from the SFA after contesting a three match ban he landed for a touchline altercation with St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright. (Express)

SPFL ON YOUTUBE

INCREDIBLE SOLO GOALS

In this week’s episode, we are asking supporters to tell us about the most incredible solo goal that they have witnessed. We dig out a few classics from the archive including Virgil Van Dijk for Celtic at St. Johnstone, Madjid Bougherra for Rangers against Dundee United and James McFadden, completing a hat trick for Motherwell against Livingston.

We also look back at last week’s topic and feature some classic own goal clips from the archive, as requested by supporters, including a fabulous overhead kick that went disastrously wrong for Roman Golobart when he played for Inverness CT.

GOAL OF THE MONTH

Eight goals have made the shortlist for the SPFL Goal of the Month competition for March. The nominees video features cracking free kicks from Stevie Smith (Rangers) and Callum Booth (Raith Rovers) as well as fine individual efforts from Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) and Liam Polworth (Inverness CT). Fans can vote for their favourite by commenting below the video on YouTube.

Watch here –

AMAZING SLOW MOTION SHOTS

Some fantastic super slow motion shots from the Ramsdens Cup final between Raith Rovers and Rangers, Text to display filmed by Jamie McMillan from the University of West Scotland.

In front of a capacity crowd at Easter Road, Raith Rovers were crowned Ramsdens Cup winners after John Baird scored the decisive goal in extra time.

IN BRIEF

• The Scottish Cup runners-up will not qualify for European football next season because they are not facing Celtic in the final. SPFL rules state that the cup final losers only qualify for the Europa League if they lose to the title winners

• Tickets for nearly two thirds of the World Cup matches have been sold out within hours of Fifa opening the final online sales phase

• Livingston have scrapped plans to install a plastic pitch for next season due to problems with funding

• The SPFL will hear a claim tomorrow from axed Kilmarnock midfielder Danny Racchi who was sacked following a Twitter post last April

 

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