Rumour Mill: Leigh Griffiths | Fernando Ricksen

Leigh Griffiths, pictured trying to beat Astra's goalkeeper Silviu Lung, says the referee's decision to disallow his goal was wrong and cost Celtic the win they deserved. Picture: TSPL
Leigh Griffiths, pictured trying to beat Astra's goalkeeper Silviu Lung, says the referee's decision to disallow his goal was wrong and cost Celtic the win they deserved. Picture: TSPL
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Leigh Griffiths believes referee got it wrong with goal decision; Rangers to host Fernando Ricksen tribute game; Steve Lomas joins race for the Motherwell job and more in Friday’s Rumour Mill

Leigh Griffiths believes referee got it wrong with goal decision

Leigh Griffiths says Ukrainian referee Serhiy Boiko laughed after disallowing what the striker believed was a winning goal against Astra.

The man who replaced Stefan Scepovic after 72 minutes had the ball in the net with seven minutes to go. But his joy was short-lived as the official blew for what he perceived to be a foul on Cristian Oros as Griffiths won the ball in the box.

“I’ve watched it back [on TV], and everybody in the changing room has watched it back, and they said it’s not a foul,” said Griffiths, who believed he had broken his European duck. “I knew it wasn’t a foul. I just stood my ground and the boy jumped into me. I read where the ball was going to go, and I knew that he’d jumped awkwardly and was going to fall backwards and the ball fell to my feet and I’ve put it away.

“The ref didn’t even blow straight away. He let me go away and celebrate, then brought it back and started laughing about it.

“It seemed like every foul he gave against us he started laughing.

“I can’t believe he has given a foul for that. I’ve watched it back three or four times, and so has the manager and everyone else, and they’ve all said it’s not a foul.” (Various)

Rangers to host Fernando Ricksen tribute game

Rangers have confirmed they will host a Fernando Ricksen tribute game at Ibrox. The date for the match - between Rangers’ legends and Ricksen’s All Stars team - will be announced soon. Ricksen, 38, is battling motor neurone disease and will be Gers’ guest against Falkirk at Ibrox tomorrow. David Somers said: “It will be our pleasure to host the game. All of our thoughts are with Fernando and his family.”

Dutchman Ricksen added: “I want to thank everyone for the many messages of support.” (Sun)

Steve Lomas joins race for the Motherwell job

Former St Johnstone boss Lomas revealed he has put his CV in for the vacant position with the Steelmen as he looks to secure a return north after an unsuccessful spell at Millwall. Steve Lomas last night revealed he has joined the race to succeed Stuart McCall at Motherwell .

The Northern Irishman guided St Johnstone to their highest-ever top-flight finish when he led them to third place two seasons ago.

The 40-year-old told Record Sport: “I’ve put my CV in and we’ll see where it goes. I’m sure there will be a lot of good candidates who are out of work. Motherwell’s a good club and Stuart did a great job there. It’s a surprise he’s left but he had four good years and maybe feels it’s time for a change. People like to knock Scottish football but I’ve always been a campaigner for it. There’s a lot of good points about Scottish football despite people going on the negative a lot of the time.” (Record)

Derek McInnes says Shay Logan has no problem facing Celtic

Speaking at a Press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Celtic, Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said: “Shay will have no problem on Sunday and his performances have been great since Celtic.”

The manager added that he wasn’t surprised Celtic have came out in defence of Tonev. He said: “For anyone to say Tonev didn’t say anything is wrong but I would always expect teammates to defend each other.” (Aberdeen-mad.co.uk)

John Guidetti says it’s an honour to pull on the Celtic shirt

With nine goals in nine games so far, it would seem that the grass is definitely greener for Celtic striker, John Guidetti but another notch on the goalpost arrived yesterday when he was announced as the SPFL Premiership Player of the Month for October.

After missing out on last night’s European action against FC Astra, the Swede is keen to get back in action against Aberdeen this Sunday.

He said: “I have been given an opportunity and I’m playing with great players in front of amazing fans who help me, and the manager is believing in me and giving me an opportunity.

“To be fair, it didn’t go too well for me for two years and the reason is because I was injured, it wasn’t because I was playing badly. When the opportunity was given to me, I took it and I’ll try to do my best.

“So I don’t see those two years as me playing badly, or not doing well because injuries happen in football.

“But I think that made me stronger as it built me as a person and probably made me a better footballer and makes me so much more grateful for the position I am in just now.

“I just try to do my best and it’s going good so I’m happy of course.”

He added: “It’s fantastic here, unbelievable as I said and I can’t complain. I’m playing with one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s just an absolute pleasure and it’s an honour to put on the Celtic jersey.

“I look forward to every single game I play and I’m loving life.” (Celtic.net)

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News in brief:

• Scott Arfield is refusing to give up on his Scotland dream, despite being overlooked once again by Gordon Strachan. He said: “It’s a massive ambition. To play for your country, it’s the pinnacle really.” (Mail)

Brendan Rogers says there was nothing defeatist about his team selection for the Real Madrid game and insists there was enough quality in the team to challenge the Spaniards. (Mail)

Derek Riordan is set for a move to Brechin City in a bid to resurrect his ailing career. (Mail)

Alan Stubbs is set to lose Dominique Malonga for the cup clash with Queen of the South after the star was called up to the Congo squad. (Record)

Rangers star Bilel Moshni has been called up to the Tunisia squad. (Express)