JOE Ledley has admitted his regrets over his move from Celtic, Aberdeen’s Peter Pawlett is tipped for awards, and Andy Robertson is set to make the Scotland squad, plus more from around the SPFL in Tuesday’s Rumour Mill
Joe Ledley: ‘I regret not saying goodbye at Celtic’
FORMER Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has admitted that he had no time to say his goodbyes to his teammates before his transfer day move to Crystal Palace.
Welsh international Ledley said: “I will always regret the fact that I didn’t get the chance to say a proper goodbye.
“Things happened so quickly I didn’t really have time to think about it. Maybe it was a good thing as leaving a club like Celtic was really hard to do.” (Sun)
Peter Pawlett tipped for young player award
ABERDEEN midfielder Peter Pawlett must make the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year award, according to former Scotland international Michael Stewart.
Pawlett, 23, scored the winner against Celtic in the Scottish Cup last weekend and has been instrumental in the Dons reaching the League Cup Final and sitting second in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Stewart said: “Without a shadow of a doubt he is a contender for the Young Player of the Year award. He has been consistent all season and is playing like an experienced player. He has all the attributes to go on and become a top player.” (Daily Express)
Barry Ferguson ‘made deadline day swoop for Law’
FORMER Scotland captain and Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson made a last-minute transfer bid for Rangers’ Nicky Law last month.
Ferguson made a £50,000 bid for the midfielder as the window closed, in an attempt to force the hand of the cash-strapped Gers.
The offer for the 25-year-old was rejected as “derisory” by Rangers CEO Graham Wallace. (Sun)
Andy Robertson on brink of Scotland call-up
DUNDEE United youngster Andy Robertson is poised to be named in the Scotland squad for next month’s friendly clash with Poland in Warsaw.
National boss Gordon Strachan has been keeping a close eye on the left-back since he impressed in a training session in October at which a number of Under-21s helped the senior players prepare for the visit of the USA.
Strachan has spoken to Tannadice manager Jackie McNamara to make sure the 19-year-old has the right temperament to win his first full cap. (Daily Record)
Ayr’s Moffat to learn betting appeal result
MICHAEL Moffat will learn today whether his appeal against a six-match ban for betting on games has been successful.
The Ayr striker was banned for six games earlier this season for betting on 150 games, six of which involved Ayr whom he backed to win.
Ayr want a reduction in the punishment, citing the case of Rangers’ Ian Black, who received a three-game ban (with seven more suspended) for betting against his own team. (Mail)
Holt on the comeback trail
INJURED Hearts midfielder Jason Holt is poised to return to full training this week and could be back playing in the next fortnight.
The 20-year-old had surgery after breaking a bone in his foot in November but Tynecastle boss Gary Locke is optimistic his prospects of making the first team.
Locke said: “Jason has been doing a lot of work with the physio. I’m hopeful he’ll join in with the rest of the boys at some point this week and train with them. Saturday’s match against Inverness will be too soon for him, but at least we can look forward to getting him back on the training pitch.” (Daily Express)
IN OTHER NEWS:
• BELGIAN side SK Lierse are keen to re-sign Celtic’s Tony Watt - the 20-year-old has returned to goalscoring form after a rocky start to his loan spell, scoring nine goals in 15 matches. (Sun)
• HONDURAN defender Arnold Peralta faces a dilemma if Rangers make the Scottish Cup final - Honduras side begin their World Cup preparations in Miami on 12 May, five days before the Cup final at Celtic Park. (Sun)