Rumour Mill: Celtic v Rangers | Hibs | Stuart Armstrong

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TENSIONS builds ahead of Sunday’s league cup clash between Celtic and Rangers, Rod Petrie hits out at Hibs fans and Dundee United reject Celtic bid for Stuart Armstrong.

OLD FIRM LATEST

• Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas has warned Ronny Deila that his managerial reputation hinges on this weekend’s Old Firm match

• Chris Sutton says Rangers could play “blindfolded” and still inflict a heavy defeat on Celtic

• Ronald De Boer says Virgil van Dijk lacks the genuine talent to merit a Holland call-up

• Rangers captain Lee McCulloch says all the pressure is on Celtic and that his side are underdogs

• Rangers shareholder Dave King is expected to be in the stands on Sunday having flown back for talks ahead of the club’s Emergency General Meeting

Rod Petrie hits out at Hibs supporters over share plan

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie last night rejected claims that debate over a proposed share plan had been stifled at Hibernian’s Annual General Meeting and accused one supporters’ group of “aggressive guerrilla tactics” against “key figures” at the club. (Scotsman)

Dundee United reject Celtic approach for Stuart Armstrong

Dundee United have rejected bids from Celtic and Burnley for Stuart Armstrong, describing both offers as nowhere near their valuation.

Armstrong, 22, is one of the most promising young players at Tannadice and Celtic are understood to have offered around £1.5 million for the midfielder, with Burnley’s bid believed to be slightly lower. (Scotsman)

John Hughes says ICT will replace Billy Mackay

John Hughes last night assured worried Inverness Caley Thistle fans that moves were afoot to replace Wigan Athletic-bound Billy MacKay.

The Inverness manager called for calm among supporters after losing the prolific Northern Ireland international for £150,000 and revealed he was weighing up potential loan signings.

St Mirren sign James Dayton

Gary Teale celebrated being given the St Mirren manager’s job for the season by signing James Dayton.

IN BRIEF

• Motherwell have signed York left-back Anthony Straker on loan until the end of the season

• St Johnstone midfielder Chris Millar has signed a two year contract extension

• Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for Aberdeen’s QTS league cup semi final against Dundee United

• Celtic have dropped out of the top 40 highest earning clubs in the world having failed to make last year’s Champions League group stages

• Patrick Thistle have signed former Hamilton and Rangers midfielder Ryan Finnie

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