Rumour mill: Confusion over Rangers Serie A clash | Hearts eye goalkeeper | Dembele’s ability questioned

Rangers Manager  Pedro Caixinha won't be leading his side out to face Crotone. Picture: Steve  Welsh/Getty Images
Rangers Manager Pedro Caixinha won't be leading his side out to face Crotone. Picture: Steve Welsh/Getty Images
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Rangers have been left baffled after Serie A side Crotone reveal friendly against Ibrox side, Hearts have set their sights on a new number one and a former Rangers player questioned Moussa Dembele’s ability.

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No go for Rangers’ Serie A clash

Rangers have been left bewildered by a claim from Serie A side Crotone, stating the clubs were to play a friendly on 29 July. The club’s director Raffaele Vrenna Jnr announced the fixture, but the game would take place only 24 hours before Pedro Caixinha takes his men to Hillsborough for a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday. (The Sun)

Hearts eye new number one

Former Hamilton Academical goalkeeper Michael McGovern could be the latest to be added to the Northern Irish contingent at Hearts, making the switch from Norwich City. The Tynecastle side are on the lookout for a new number one and McGovern, who came through the ranks at Celtic before spells with Stranraer, Falkirk, Ross County and Dundee United, is likely to no more than number two at Carrow Road after new boss Daniel Farke signed Angus Gunn, son of Canaries legend and former Scotland goalkeeper Bryan, from Manchester City. (The Sun)

Ex-Rangers player questions Dembele’s ability

Ray Wilkins, who played for Rangers between 1987 and 1989, has questioned Moussa Dembele’s ability after he was linked with a move to Chelsea. The Englishman queried the quality of the Scottish league, making reference to Celtic’s dominance. (The Sun)

Brown wins fitness battle

Scott Brown has declared himself fit to face Linfield in Celtic’s Champions League second-round qualifying tie on Friday. Brendan Rodgers was sweating on his captain’s fitness following an Achilles problem which occurred during the club’s 9-0 friendly victory over Shamrock Rovers on Saturday. (Various)

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Nicholson hits out at supporters of capital clubs

Sam Nicholson hit out at supporters of both Edinburgh clubs after completing a move to Minnesota United. The winger spoke of “poisonous” social media insults and the abuse he received on the streets of the capital when out with family and friends. The 22-year-old revelaed that his parents stopped going to away games due to criticism from “minority” of Hearts fans. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Ambrose leave Lennon effin’ raging

Efe Ambrose is set to receive a dressing down from Neil Lennon when he eventually returns to the dressing room. The Nigerian defender is still yet to return for pre-season with the Hibs manager admitting he can’t get in touch with his summer signing. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Bairns to land £250,000 for Sibbald

Craig Sibbald could net Falkirk £250,000 if he completes a move to Luton Town. The out-of-contract midfielder has been on trial with the Hatters, impressing during their training camp in Slovenia. The 22-year-old played nearly 250 games for the Bairns who will be due to a compensation fee if the deal goes through. (The Sun)

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Jordie is the man for United

Ray McKinnon is to add Dutch midfielder Jordie Briels to his Dundee United squad. The 25-year-old has been on trial with the Tangerines, impressing the United boss with his energy and combative qualities in the middle of midfield. (The Courier)

Hibs go to Church

Welsh international Simon Church could be set to strengthen Hibs’ attacking arsenal. The 28-year-old, who spent time on loan at Aberdeen in 2016, has been on trial at Easter Road alongside experienced winger Jermaine Pennant, has impressed Neil Lennon. “Simon is a good player with plenty of experience,” said the Hibs manager.

• Hibs fielded Andrew Blake, a recent New Zealand Under-20 cap, as a trialist in the club’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Berwick Rangers. (Daily Record)

Killie to sign Well winger

Lee McCulloch will add Motherwell’s exciting trickster Dom Thomas to his Kilmarnock squad after it was agreed he would be allowed to leave Fir Park. Championship trio Dundee United, Falkirk and Queen of the South, where the winger spend the second half of last season on loan, are all interested in the 21-year-old but the deal is due to be completed prior to Killie’s Betfred Cup opener with rivals Ayr United. (Daily Record)

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Lauchlan to sue EK over bonus row

East Kilbride’s former manager Martin Lauchlan is threatening the club with legal action, claiming to be due £20,000. The 36-year-old left the club at the end of last season, following the club’s play-off final loss to Cowdenbeath, denying the club entry into League 2. Lauchlan won four trophies in 14 months with the club. (Daily Record)

Logan signs on at Aberdeen

The positivity around Pittodrie continues to grow after influential right-back Shay Logan extended his contract to the summer of 2020. The Englishman had been set to leave last year but Derek McInnes staying put has encouraged the right-back to pen a new contract. (The Scotsman)

New SPFL chief

Murdoch MacLennan has been appointed the new chairman of the SPFL. The 68-year-old media boss, who has been chairman of the Press Association since 2010, replaces the out-going Ralph Topping who announced his decision to depart in January. (The Scotsman)

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