Rumour Mill: Vuckic | Forrest | Dons | Fischer

Haris Vuckic (centre).  Picture: Michael Gillen
Haris Vuckic (centre). Picture: Michael Gillen
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STUART McCall keen on permanently signing Slovenian Haris Vuckic; James Forrest has high hopes of staying out of injury; Ibrox has Sander Fischer in their sights, and more news and gossip in Sunday’s Rumour Mill

McCall keen on Vuckic signing

Providing he is given the green light to stay at the helm at Ibrox, Rangers gaffer Stuart McCall would be keen to sign Newcastle’s Haris Vuckic on a permanent basis.

The Slovenian midfielder on loan to Ranger is the only one of the controversial ‘Newcastle Five’ loan signings who have impressed since arriving on transfer deadline day.

McCall said: “If I was around next year, then he [Vuckic] would be a player that I would be interested in and the club would be interested in.

“He always has a smile on his face, wants to do extra training, and is a good type to have around.” (Sunday Herald)

Forrest no longer felled by injuries

Celtic winger James Forrest believes he will no longer be plagued by injuries after two years of succumbing to strains, tears, knocks and ailments.

He claims he is now more in tune with his body after the experience of perennial injuries has left him out of the game.

Having scored one and earned a penalty that have Celtic a 2 - 0 win away to St Mirren on Friday, he refused to be jinxed by Ronny Deila’s hopeful outlook for his future performance.

He said: “I’ve felt good since November, much better than the last year and a half and I hope I’ll play more games.” (Scotland on Sunday)

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Reds got lucky, admits McInnes

Dons boss Derek McInnes reckons his side were lucky to come away with a point after a poor performance saw them held to a goalless draw at home to Partick Thistle.

He said: “We were quite poor. It is quite out of character for us.”

He added: “It was a bad day and we lucky to take a point from the game.” (Scottish Sunday Express)

Sow hungry for more Hearts success

Hearts star, Swede Osman Sow is eager for more success after help to wrap up the title race for the Tynecastle side.

In particular, he has his sights on Hearts breaking the 100-goal and wants to have a 30-point lead at the top of the table.

He said: “ We still have a lot to prove against Rangers and a lot more to play for - we still want to score more goals and get over the 100 line.

You want to look back at the season and say ‘remember the time we won the league by 30 points.’” (Sunday Herald)

Dutch ace summer target for Ibrox

Rangers are lining up a surprise bid for Sander Fischer, captain of Dutch side Excelsior.

The 26-year-old Dutch defender is out of a contract at the end of the season and firmly in the sights of Ibrox management.

McCall faces stiff competition from Belgian side Mechelen as well as Dutch teams Willem II, NAC Breda and FC Groningen. (Scottish Sunday Express)

IN BRIEF

• Celtic boss Ronny Deila thinks Liam Henderson - now on loan to Norwegian club Rosenborg - will be running the Hoops’ midfield in the near future. (Scottish Sunday Express)

• Premiership leaders Chelsea have shrugged off a 60-metre screamer by Stoke’s Charlie Adam to stretch their lead over nearest rivals Arsenal. (Sunday Herald)

• Dick Advocaat has vowed to rescue floudering Sunderland and keep it in the Premier League but isn’t expected to stay on at the club next season. (Sunday Mirror)

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