Rumour Mill: Sunderland court Peter Lawwell | Rangers close to signing Matthew Knox

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. Picture: John Devlin

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SUNDERLAND have sights on Peter Lawwell appointment; Rangers close to completing deal for Matthew Knox; United will never return to top flight, says Paul Patton, plus more news and gossip in Monday’s Rumour Mill

Sunderland eye move for Celtic’s Peter Lawwell

Struggling Sunderland have put Peter Lawwell high on their shortlist to fill the club’s vacant chief executive vacancy.

Outgoing CEO Margaret Byrne quit the post over her handling of the Adam Johnson abuse case.

As the long-standing chief executive at Celtic, Lawwell has been at Parkhead since 2003 and previously courted by Arsenal. He is widely credited with bringing financial stability to Celtic. (Daily Mail)

Rangers close to signing Matthew Knox

Rangers are reportedly close to completing the signing of Livingston’s Matthew Knox after the 16-year-old successfully completed a trial at Ibrox.

Having previously trialled at Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, the youngster looks set to complete the move to Rangers in a £100,000 deal. (Scottish Sun)

Paul Paton fears United will ‘never return’

With Dundee United now facing almost inevitable relegation to the Championship, Paul Paton issued a stark warning that the side may never again return to the top flight.

Speaking after the side’s latest defeat to Inverness, he said: “My worry is that you get sucked down there and never get out of it. There’s nothing to say that if you did get promoted you’d get a contract to play again in the Premiership. Your form might slip.” (The Scotsman)

Warburton questions Hampden pitch relaying decision

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has questioned the decision to relay the pitch at Hampden ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Both Warburton and Peterhead boss Jim McInally were unimpressed with the playing surface during Sunday’s Petrofac Training Cup final, with several of the Peterhead squad suffering injuries.

The Ibrox boss is not convinced that plans to relay the surface a week before his side face Celtic will resolve issues with the pitch. (Various)

Harry Forrester found somewhere ‘he feels loved’

Mark Warburton has said that Harry Forrester will sign a long term deal at Rangers because he has found somewhere he is ‘loved’.

Two weeks ago, he revealed he wanted to thrash out a new deal at Ibrox, admitted he wanted to extend his stay in Glasgow even before he had arrived from Doncaster Rovers. (The Herald)

NEWS IN BRIEF

• Former Everton and Real Sociedad boss David Moyes has emerged as the frontrunner for the vacant Aston Villa manager’s job. (Telegraph)

• Inverness Caley Thistle’s Miles Storey has said he is facing an uncertain future when his contract ends in the summer. (Press and Journal)

• John McGinn has been voted Hibs player of the year for 2015-2016. (Edinburgh Evening News)

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