Felix Magath declines to outline his reasons for buying into Rangers; Ronny Deila sets his sights high with Treble bid; Hamilton’s Alex Neil is tipped for success at Norwich and more in Saturday’s Rumour Mill
Former Fulham and Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath is holding his cards close to his chest after declining to discuss his motivation for becoming a shareholder in Rangers.
His purchase of one per cent of the Glasgow club comes amid speculation he is set to be identified as a potential technical director at the club following his sacking as Fulham manager in September. (The Scotsman)
Deila has sights on Treble to silence critics
Ronny Deila has said he will continue to be questioned as manager of Celtic until he has won silverware. The Norwegian has been the subject of scathing criticism in his first six months after slips in the club’s European and domestic campaigns. Celtic are now playing catch up to Premiership leaders Aberdeen.
He said: “Until I win something, I will be questioned. That just motivates me and I have one goal - to win everything in Scotland.” (The Sun)
Neil could be bigger than Lambert
Norwich City’s new manager Alex Neil was told he could be an even bigger success at Carrow Road than fellow Scot Paul Lambert by the man who gave him the job, chief executive David McNally. The Hamilton Accies player-manager signed a one year rolling contract with the side to become the youngest manager in English football history. (Daily Record)
Ronny Deila makes Maloney a key target
Celtic manager Ronny Deila is plotting a move for Wigan forward Shaun Maloney who has just six months left on his contract at the English club. The move would see Maloney completing a third spell at Celtic Park.
The Norwegian admitted he was seriously considering making a swoop for the 31-year-old, saying: “He looks like a Celtic player.” (The Sun)
Macleod left because Rangers needed money
Former Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod spoke out on Friday insisting he was happy at Ibrox and only left because the club needed the money from his sale. The 20-year-old joined Brentford earlier this month signing a cut price £850,000 deal. (The Sun)
News in brief:
• St Mirren’s Stephen Mallan has earned the new nickname Mallandona. The SPFL Young Player of the Month became an online overnight sensation following his wonder-goal against Dundee. (The Sun)
• Dons keeper Robbie Winters insists Aberdeen fans are right to believe that they will win the Premiership after pulling ahead of Celtic but says the team are keeping a lid on their own expectations. (Daily Record)
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