Rumour Mill: Dave King | Kara Mbodj | Jordon Forster

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Dave Kings says he has not given up on taking control of Rangers, Celtic consider move for Senegal international Kara Mbodj and Hibs defender Jordon Forster undergoes surgery.

King not giving up battle for control of Rangers

Former Rangers director Dave King. Picture: SNS

Former Rangers director Dave King. Picture: SNS

Dave King has returned to South Africa having failed to strike a deal that would have seen £16m invested in the Ibrox club.

The former shareholder is convinced that he can win control on the board having held talks with influential shareholder Sandy Easdale.

King has also revealed that Newcastle owner and Rangers suitor Mike Ashley refused his offer of talks. (Express)

Celtic eye Senegal international

Celtic are watching defensive midfielder Senegal international Kara Mbodj who plays for Alex Mcleish’s Belgian side Genk.

The £4m-rated player can also play in the centre of defence and is being watched by a number of English Premiership clubs. (Express)

Hibs defender undergoes surgery

Jordon Forster has undergone surgery after breaking a bone in his foot in training. The 21-year-old is expected to be out for two months with his absence leaving the Easter Road side with only four fit defenders. (Express)

Allan McGregor back in Scotland frame

Allan McGregor is set to return to training with Hull City following a shoulder injury and should be back in contention for Scotland’s match against the Republic of Ireland next month. (Mail)

Alan Thompson leaves Birmingham

Former Celtic coach Alan Thompson has left Birmingham by mutual consent following the sack of manager Lee Clark. Speculation is mounting that he could return to former club Bolton where Neil Lennon has been appointed manager. (Various)

Dundee United open investigation into Zaluska assault

Dundee United will travel to Inverness tomorrow without Paul Paton and Mark Wilson after announcing an investigation into their behaviour following reports surrounding an attack on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska. (Scotsman)

IN BRIEF

• Dundee boss Paul Hartley is attempting to secure Hearts’ number two keeper Scott Gallagher on loan however the move is being held up as the SPFL are yet to confirm whether the move meets their emergency loan requirements

• Darren McGregor has revealed he is set for an automatic extension to his Rangers contract following his move from St Mirren last season.

• Alan Archibald believes last week’s defeat to Dundee United will inspire his Partick Thistle side to bounce back against St Johnstone