Rumour Mill: De Bruyne out of Celtic clash | Davies hits out over Tynecastle abuse | Burnley boss reaches out to Barton

Kevin De Bruyne. Picture: Getty
Kevin De Bruyne. Picture: Getty
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Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is out his side’s clash with Celtic, Ross County’s Andrew Davies says he was verbally abused while injured at Tynecastle and Burnley manage Sean Dyche says Joey Barton is welcome to call him.

Celtic given Man City boost

Celtic have been handed a boost ahead of their upcoming Champions League tie against Manchester City

with the news that midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is expected to sit out the match due to a hamstring injury. (Sun)

- Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he turned down the chance to be Roberto Mancini’s assistant in 2010

- Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will urge his players to press Man City when the two sides meet

each other in the Champions League.

Rodgers says his side were too passive in their 7 - 0 defeat to Catalan giants Barcelona. (Express)

- Brendan Rodgers says he has no fears about sending Craig Gordon out to face Manchester City in this week’s Champions

League group match. (Scotsman)

Ross County player hits out at Tynecastle abuse

Andrew Davies says he was verbally abused when he was receiving treatment for a head knock during Ross County’s 0 - 0 draw

with Hearts at Tynecastle.

The defender was involved in an altercation with a section of the Hearts support after he had collided with

Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton. (Sunday Mail)

Burnley boss urges Barton to call

Joey Barton’s former boss at Burnley Sean Dyche says Joey Barton is welcome to ring him any time after his stint

at Rangers increasingly looks to be over.

Dyche said: “Joey hasn’t rung me but I would speak to him as I would with any of my players. It’s about learning from

what I did to help others improve.” (Sun)

Mark Warburton praises ‘first-class’ Derek McInnes

The Rangers manager has been impressed by the way Aberdeen, with much fewer resources, have mounted a concerted challenge

to Celtic in each of the last two seasons.

However, he feels Rangers are edging closer to returning to their best form after an inconsistent start to the Premiership

campaign and there would be no better place to illustrate the point than Pittodrie today.


- Mark Warburton says the winter break should be moved so that it runs over the Christmas period and not start following

the New Year’s Day fixtures. Teams return to action on January 21.

Jimmy Calderwood interview

Taking over as Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood was quickly apprised of what was important. The fans desired silverware again, they would like to get back into European competition and, more regularly and to some

even more importantly, they wanted to be getting the better of Rangers. (Scotsman)

Aberdeen no longer fear Celtic or Rangers

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes says his side no longer fear Celtic or Rangers and have focused on mending their “damaged

mentality” which had grown from several heavy defeats by the Glasgow clubs. (Mail)


Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic has been called up to the Australia squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against

Japan and Saudi Arabia

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