Burnley weigh up £500k bid for Cummings; Celtic likely to be priced out of Finnbogason move; Fyvie slammed for ‘play-acting’ but insists Halliday deserved red card and Chelsea likely to recall Islam Feruz
Rangers 4 Hibernian 2: All the goals
A JASON Holt double, and strikes from Nicky Clark and Martyn Waghorn gave Rangers a 4-2 win over Hibernian. The Gers came from behind after Jason Cummings opened the scoring while sub Dom Malonga scored Hibs’ second.
Burnley plot £500k Cummings raid
BURNLEY are weighing up a £500,000 bid for Hibernian ace Jason Cummings.
The 20-year-old was on target during yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at Rangers, taking his tally for the season to 15 goals in 23 games.
But Burnley could face competition from Championship rivals Wolves, Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday with January sure to start a bidding war for the Hibs talisman. (Daily Mail)
Cummings ‘not for sale’, warns Stubbs
ALAN Stubbs has issued a ‘hands-off’ warning to clubs circling over star forward Jason Cummings.
Burnley, Brighton and a host of Championship clubs have been linked with the striker but the Hibs head coach wants to keep Cummings at Easter Road in the push for promotion.
But Stubbs said: “If it ever did happen that Jason ledft - and it’s a big ‘if’ - then I would think that we’d have money to spend.” (Daily Record)
Celtic ‘priced out of Finnbogason swoop’
CELTIC could be forced to look elsewhere for a new striker with Icelandic forward Alfred Finnbogason likely to cost the club too much.
Finnbogason, who Celtic were linked with during Neil Lennon’s tenure, has failed to settle at Real Sociedad and has been put up for transfer at around £4 million, half of what the Basque side paid for him in summer 2014.
He had been expected to kick on after netting a remarkable 59 goals in 70 games at Heerenveen, but failed to live up to his promise and was sent on loan to Olympiacos. (Scottish Sun)
Celtic face injury crisis ahead of Dundee clash
Celtic face an injury crisis ahead of their match against Dundee, with Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Kris Commons almost certain to miss the match while there are concerns over Leigh Griffiths, Efe Ambrose, Mikael Lustig.
Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew are long-term casualties. (Various)
Fyvie slammed over ‘play-acting’
FRASER Fyvie has been criticised for his reaction to the incident that saw Andy Halliday sent off during yesterday’s match at Ibrox.
Halliday kicked out at the former Aberdeen midfielder, and appeared to shoulder barge him. But TV replays showed Fyvie had overcooked his reaction to the handbags.
And Rangers fans slammed the player on social media, with some calling for him to be pulled up for ‘cheating’. (Various)
Stubbs and Fyvie insist red card was right call
BOTH Alan Stubbs and Fraser Fyvie have insisted that ref Bobby Madden was right to send off Andy Halliday, after the Rangers midfielder had kicked out at the Hibs midfielder.
There have been accusations of Fyvie over-reacting in a bid to get Halliday sent off, but the Hibs head coach and the ex-Wigan midfielder believe Halliday was sent off for aiming a kick at the Fyvie, rather than the Hibs man’s reaction. (Various)
Gers to appeal Halliday red card
RANGERS have already confirmed they will appeal Andy Halliday’s sending-off - with a previous incident in a Hibs-Rangers game a possible reference point.
Nacho Novo was red-carded in a clash at Easter Road after appearing to kick out at Hibs midfielder Craig Rocastle. Missed by the referee but spotted by the linesman, Novo was sent off for his actions.
But in the aftermath, referee Willie Young advised the SFA that a red card had been too harsh a punishment, and so the red card was downgraded to a yellow plus three penalty points. (Various)
Chelsea to recall Feruz as Championship sides line up
CHELSEA are set to recall young midfielder Islam Feruz from his loan spell at Hibernian with a number of English Championship sides lining up to take the Scot on loan.
Having made just six substitute appearances, there has been talk of Feruz returning to England. MK Dons, Brentford, Leeds, Rotherham and Charlton have all been linked with a loan move for the ex-Celtic player.
Alan Stubbs has already said that he is keen for Feruz to see out his loan deal and fight for his place at Hibs. (Daily Mail)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Dundee United will not link up with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, but have been linked with ex-Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker Marius Niculae
• Dundee could make a January move for former Hamilton left back Stephen Hendrie, who is struggling for first-team action at West Ham