Celtic could make last-ditch bid for Kevin Großkreutz; Hoops face UEFA fine over fans’ flares in Turkey and Rangers keen to sign Vladislavs Gutkovski
Celtic face fine and possible stadium closure over flares
CELTIC could find themselves in hot water with UEFA for a eighth time after travelling supporters set off flares during the 1-1 Europa League draw with Fenerbahce.
The Hoops have been hammered by UEFA in the past, including fines for supporter behaviour during a match against Dinamo Zagreb and flares set off during a clash with AC Milan at the San Siro.
And the Hoops could face a more severe punishment, with a partial stadium closure a possible punishment. (Evening Times)
Adam Gyurcso on Celtic’s radar
CELTIC have been linked with Videoton winger Adam Gyurcso, who is soon to be out of contract.
The 24-year-old Hungary international, who has made over 100 appearances for the OTP Bank Liga outfit, has netted more than 20 goals for Videoton but has opted not to sign a new deal.
Videoton’s sporting director Zoltan Kovacs has confirmed that the player will leave the club, with the player’s agent revealing there have been several offers from different countries. (Daily Express)
Hoops plot Großkreutz swoop
CELTIC could make a last-ditch attempt to bring former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Großkreutz to Glasgow, despite reports that Liverpool have agreed a deal with the 27-year-old winger.
Großkreutz joined Galatasaray in the summer but hasn’t kicked a ball for them due to a registration issue.
The Turkish side are happy for Großkreutz to leave, and are looking for around £1.8m for the player, who Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen to bring to England. (Various)
Griffiths set for bumper deal
CELTIC are set to offer Leigh Griffiths a bumper new deal that would see the striker become the second highest-paid player at Parkhead, according to reports.
The former Hibs and Wolves forward has been the subject of interest from English Premier League sides Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
But with Celtic keen to hold onto Griffiths and the player understood to be happy in Glasgow, Hoops chiefs are set to make the player a bumper offer to keep him in Scotland. (Various)
Gers keen on Latvian striker
RANGERS are set to offer a deal to Latvian striker Iadislavs Gutkovskis following a trial period.
The 20-year-old, who was top scorer in the Latvian top tier last season, has also had a trial with Everton, but with Mark Warburton keen to bolster his squad, Gutkovskis could sign on the dotted line at Ibrox. (Various)
Zelalem extends Rangers stay
ARSENAL youngster Gedion Zelalem has reportedly extended his loan spell at Rangers.
The American midfielder has been a hit since joining on an initial short-term deal in the summer. (Scottish Sun)
Ashley fails in King jail bid
SPORTS Direct owner Mike Ashley has failed in his High Court bid to have Rangers FC chairman Dave King jailed for breaching a gagging order.
But a judge has yet to rule on whether or not Mr King is in contempt of court for breaching confidentiality undertakings. If he is, he could face penalties other than prison.
The legal action is the latest development in a conflict which has arisen since Mr King took over running Rangers and centres on the commercial arrangements between the club and Sports Direct and its subsidiaries. (The Scotsman)
Bolton served winding-up order over tax bill
BOLTON have confirmed they have been served with a winding-up petition from HMRC over an unpaid tax bill.
Bolton’s financial state has deteriorated rapidly over the past few weeks after it was revealed they had failed to pay their players for November, and now HMRC has rejected requests from them to be given more time to conclude a sale.
Managed by ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon, Bolton had hoped they could conclude a takeover this week. However, with discussions still ongoing, HMRC has now acted to call in unpaid PAYE and VAT for the month of November. (The Scotsman)
Livi in talks with Craig Thomson
LIVINGSTON have held talks with Craig Thomson over a potential January move.
The former Hearts player has been playing junior football with Arniston Rangers and now Newtongrange Star, but it is thought Star won’t stand in the player’s way if a return to senior football is on the cards.
Thomson was convicted in 2011 of lewd, libidinous and indecent behaviour towards two underage girls and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years. He was sent on loan to Lithuanian sides FBK Kaunas and FK Suduva before being released by Hearts in June 2013. (Evening News)
Stubbs wants Hibs promotion ‘on merit’
ALAN Stubbs today revealed he’s open to a discussion about league reconstruction – but insisted he wants to see Hibs promoted on merit.
Amid radical changes to the League Cup and reintroduction of a winter break, SPFL chief Neil Doncaster also floated the idea of enlarging the top flight to 14 teams with the possibility that such a move could be introduced in time for next season.
“We want to go up to the top flight as champions, we make no bones about that as there is no point in me saying otherwise. We want to go up automatically or via the play-off system because that is potentially achievable,” Stubbs said. (Evening News)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Celtic stand to make £1.5m if former player Victor Wanyama joins Arsenal from Southampton
• Former Rangers player Arnold Peralta has been shot dead in his hometown of La Ceiba, Honduras
• St Mirren and Partick Thistle are to open a mixed supporters section at their Scottish Cup clash in Paisley next month