RANGERS bring Gedion Zelalem to Ibrox on loan until January; Rotherham United target Celtic’s Callum McGregor; Real Madrid set to keep Celtic target Martin Odegaard, plus more news and gossip in Sunday’s Rumour Mill
Rangers seal the deal for Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem
Rangers have reportedly finalised a loan deal to bring Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem to Ibrox until January.
Mark Warburton managed to secure the 19-year-old, who was also being chased by English clubs Fulham and Birmingham, after the the youngster toured Murray Park and Ibrox last week.
According to reports, Zelalem will be present at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon to watch Rangers’ clash with Championship rivals Hibs. (Sunday Mail)
Rotherham United target Callum McGregor
Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is reportedly in Rotherham United boss Steve Evans’ sights.
The English Championship side is hoping to snare the 22-year-old in a deal estimated to be worth £350,000 although a loan deal is also reportedly on the table.
Evans is rumoured to be targeting McGregor to help to strengthen his squad following an impressive display by the young player against Dundee United on Saturday. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)
Celtic set for disappointment over Martin Odegaard
Celtic look set to be disappointed as target Martin Odegaard is now widely expected to be retained by Real Madrid to continue his development this season.
The sought-after youngster was signed by the Spanish giants in January and continues to draw attention from other European clubs.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila was reportedly hoping to tempt the 17-year-old to Parkhead on loan this summer but Spanish newspaper AS is reportedly that Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez wants him to continue under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane this season. (Insidefutbol.com)
Gary Locke to stay on at Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock boss Gary Locke has ruled out leaving the club as fans reportedly begin to demand his head after an ‘embarrassing’ 4 - 0 loss to Ross County.
Kilmarnock were dismantled in a four-goal blitz in the first half as Ross County recorded their biggest-ever win at Rugby Park.
Locke has reportedly insisted that he will not walk out, depsite a poor record of only three wins, six draws and 11 losses in the 20 matches since he took over the stewardship of the club in February. (STV)
Return of Rosenberg a game changer in Malmo
Malmo midfielder Vladimir Rodic is apparently confident that Scott Brown’s men will be humbled with the return of Markus Rosenberg,
Rosenberg will be back from suspension ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie against a Parkhead side emboldened by their 3 - 2 victory in the first leg. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)
- Malmo boss Age Hareide and keeper Johan Wiland were left backtracking on Saturday night following their angered comments towards Celtic.
Hareide reportedly insisted he would not have labelled Celtic “pigs”, adding that Celtic took it the wrong way and that it had been blown out of proportion. (Scottish Sun on Sunday)
NEWS IN BRIEF
• Former Celtic loanee Jason Denayer is on the brink of a move from Manchester City to Marseille. (Sunday Mail)
• David James has said that Celtic must beat Malmo and reach the Champions League group stages if they hope to attract the best players. (Mail on Sunday)
• Gordon Strachan has said Leigh Griffiths has ‘dragged himself’ back into the reckoning for a Scotland spot. (Various)