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Stefan Scepovic is a Celtic target

Stefan Scepovic is a Celtic target

CELTIC face competition to land Stefan Scepovic, George Soros’s people have never heard of Charles Green and Dundee United pursue Hull late payment.

Celtic look to land Serbian

Celtic face competition from PSV Eindhoven and Werder Bremen in the chase to land £2.5m striker Stefan Scepovic.

The Parkhead side have opened talks with Sporting Gijon and are hopeful of securing the 24 year-old. (Record)

George Soros team rubbish Green link

Sources close to George Soros have dismissed claims that he is ready to buy into Rangers . Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green has spoken of his desire to front a £10m takeover of the Ibrox club with backing from US billionaire George Soros.

However the Union of Fans say they been informed by senior representatives of Soros’s fund management firm that they have never heard of Charles Green and have no interest in investing in Rangers. (Record)

Dundee United in final demand to Hull

The Tannadice club will report Hull to FIFA unless they pay an overdue first instalment of £1.25m on Andy Robertson’s transfer fee. The deadline for the first part of the £2.85m passed last Friday. (Record)

Celtic boss wants to spend CL money on training facility

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has expressed his wish to use a significant chunk of the club’s potential £20 million Champions League windfall to build a new indoor facility at their Lennoxtown training centre, rather than use up all of his budget on new players.

Deila would like to see a full-size pitch, covered by an all-weather dome, financed by the income Celtic will receive should they overcome Maribor in the second leg of their Champions League play-off next Tuesday night, (Scotsman)

Hibs boss says ill-discipline will cost promotion

Alan Stubbs says that players being booked and sent off will limit the Easter Road side’s chances of promotion as he is operating with a trimmed down squad following relegation. Stubbs says he has opted for quality over quantity in his playing staff and that his team cannot cope without key players.

Hibs have played competitively three times under Alan Stubbs and incurred a hat-trick of suspensions. (Scotsman)

Malky Mackay apologises for texts

Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay sent text messages that were “disrespectful of other cultures”, the League Managers Association (LMA) said in a statement last night after he was ruled out of the running to take charge of Crystal Palace. (Scotsman)

• Former Cardiff player Ibrahim Farah has accused Mackay of making racist remarks during his time at time of the club and called him the “wee Egyptian”

Mark Burchill says Hearts did not show “disrespect”

Mark Burchill, the Livingston assistant player-manager and former Hearts player, has denied the Tynecastle club disrespected his side as well as the Petrofac Cup by playing so many debutants when the teams met on Wednesday night. (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Hearts have completed the signing of former Manchester United defender Adam Eckersley

• Former St Mirren midfielder Simon Lapping has signed for St Johnstone

• Willo Flood has been handed a new deal with Aberdeen that will keep him at Pittodrie until 2017

 

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