THE long-awaited financial review of Rangers is due later, Emilio Izaguirre lands a role on Honduran TV, and Scotland launches its bid to co-host Euro 2020, plus more football news in Friday’s Rumour Mill
Rangers review due later today
GRAHAM Wallace’s long-awaited review into the finances at Rangers is set to be published later today.
Key shareholder Sandy Easdale said yesterday that the club was in a “fragile” position, saying: “It can either go forward with a strategic view, with a long-term view, steady as she goes, or be pulled apart in other directions.”
Manager Ally McCoist also admitted to worries over the long-term future of the club, describing Easdale’s comments as “concerning”. (Scotsman)
Celtic’s Izaguirre stars in bottled water ads
EMILIO Izaguirre has landed a lucrative sponsorship deal ahead of this summer’s World Cup - advertising bottled water in his native Honduras.
The full-back, expected to be a key player in his country’s World Cup squad, has produced a series of adverts shot in Scotland for Aguazul mineral water.
Izaguirre is seen in the Highlands, the streets of Glasgow and the Celtic changing room across the four short films. (Record)
Hampden renovation on cards if Euro bid succeeds
THE Scottish FA plans to use money generated by any successful bid to host matches in the 2020 European Championships to pay for a renovation of Hampden.
Yesterday the governing body launched its bid to host three group games and a knockout tie in the tournament, which will be played in cities across Europe.
Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan said: “(Hampden) is good enough to put us in the running. There does need to be some improvements.” (Herald)
Mjallby - ‘Expect Lennon to stay at Celtic’
FORMER Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby believes that Neil Lennon will stay at the club, but has admitted he would like to work with Lennon again.
Mjallby said: “I think and I assume he continues at Celtic. If anything happens and he’d be interested in working with me again, it would also be very interesting.”
Mjallby spent four years as part of Lennon’s backroom team at Celtic, after spending six years at Parkhead as a player. (Sun)
Johnston ‘knows nothing about Killie forgery claims’
KILMARNOCK manager Allan Johnston has denied all knowledge of claims that club staff forged a player’s signature on registration documents handed to the SPFL.
Johnston said: “I did not know anything about it. You know as much as I do. As far as I am aware everybody was registered for the Celtic game.
“I have not heard anything further and I have not spoken to the chairman.” (Mail)
McNamara ‘didn’t want to risk Cup final woe’
DUNDEE United manager Jackie McNamara has confirmed that he withdrew his appeal against a touchline ban in order to secure his place on the touchline for the Scottish Cup final.
McNamara said: “The fact a date hadn’t been set for the appeal was a factor. It seems dates can be set quickly for other things, but more than a week later a date still wasn’t set for my appeal so I didn’t want to take the risk.
“There’s a few games to go before the final but it’s good that I’ll be able to be in the dugout for that game.” (Express)